What a messy state election means for Modi and India’s national vote


A chaotic state election in India has raised questions over the opposition’s ability to pose a serious threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in upcoming national elections, as his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on the verge of taking command in Karnataka.

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The southern state is home to over 60 million people and contains the important cyber-hub cities of Hyderabad and Bangalore, and was the last major state held by the opposition Congress party. This result – or lack thereof – has raised questions about the party leader Rahul Gandhi’s ability to take on Mr Modi on the biggest stage.

In a deadlocked ballot, the largest number of seats went to the BJP but Congress took more actual votes….

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