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Modi-led bloc trounces Congress party in biggest Indian polls win in 30 years

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New Delhi

NARENDRA Modi's opposition bloc yesterday swept to power with the biggest Indian election win in 30 years as voters - tired of sluggish economic growth and endemic corruption - handed a historic defeat to the Gandhi dynasty that has dominated politics since the country's founding.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies were leading in 335 of 543 seats up for grabs - more than the 272 needed for a majority. Rahul Gandhi, who led the Congress party campaign, conceded defeat with his bloc leading in only 59 seats - the worst ever for a party that has governed India the most since Independence in 1947. Smaller regional parties were ahead in 149 seats, said NDTV station..

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