'Brand Modi' gets thumbs up as PM's party sweeps India polls

'Brand Modi' gets thumbs up as PM's party sweeps India pollsRebounding from a self-inflicted banknote crisis to deliver his party a stunning victory in state polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dominance mirrors that of India’s early independence leaders and bodes well for his re-election in 2019, analysts say. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won a surprise absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh at the weekend, a result not seen in decades in the northern state that’s home to 220 million people and seen as a bellwether of national politics. It also won a majority in Uttarakhand and despite coming second will form governments in Goa and Manipur, the latter a remote eastern state where the Hindu nationalist party held zero seats before polling day.



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