Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party have declared victory as an ongoing vote-count shows them with a commanding lead in the country's massive general election.
Election Commission data show the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in contests around 300 out of 542 seats in Parliament, with the main opposition Congress party ahead in 50 contests.BJP President Amit Shah credited Modi's "leadership" for the presumptive win.
The election has been seen as a referendum on Modi, whose economic reforms have had mixed results but whose popularity as a social underdog in India's highly stratified society has endured.
Final results are expected by Thursday evening at the earliest.
Source: The Statesman/AP