Delhi election blow for Modi

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 13 Feb 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing party suffered a crushing defeat in an election for control of New Delhi after a vitriolic campaign in which it concentrated on defending a controversial new nationality law.

Followers of the Aam Aadmi Party celebrated on the streets after their leader Arvind Kejriwal, pictured, a tax officer turned anti-corruption campaigner, easily won a second term.

The defeat is the latest setback for Modi's BJP in regional elections over the past two years.

The AAP won 62 of the 70 assembly seats.

Kejriwal fought the election on local issues such as the subsidized water and electricity he has introduced, as well as the safety of women. Delhi's people had chosen "the politics of work," Kejriwal said.

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