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Indian opposition party heads for landslide win

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It's the most decisive election victory India has seen in more than a quarter of a century.
   Partial results have made it clear that opposition leader Narenda Modi (MOH'-dee) will be the country's next prime minister -- sweeping the Congress party from power in today's elections.
   Modi is a Hindu nationalist, and there are fears that his election could worsen sectarian tension between India's majority Hindus and its 138 million Muslims. He is a divisive figure in India, in large part because he was in charge of a state where communal rioting killed more than 1,000 people in 2002 -- most of them Muslims. He was accused of doing little to stop the rampage. He was later denied a U.S. visa for alleged complicity in the riots -- though as prime minister, he would be virtually assured a visa.
   As his overwhelming win became clear, Modi appeared before a crowd of cheering supporters and tried to strike a conciliatory note. He said he wants to run a government that "carries everyone with it."
   The outcome was a crushing defeat for the Congress party, which is closely linked to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty that has been at the center of Indian politics for most of the country's post-independence history.
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