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INEW DELHI] Narendra Modi conceded defeat in a key election in Bihar, one of India's biggest and poorest states, on Sunday in a major blow for the prime minister.
"Had a telephone conversation with Shri @NitishKumar & congratulated him on the victory," Mr Modi said on Twitter of his opponent, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Election Commission results showed Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist party leading in only 52 seats in the 243-seat state assembly compared to 158 for Kumar's coalition of regional parties, as vote counting continues.