Pro-Hindu party emerges stronger after state polls in India
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Recent victories have set the tone for the 2019 general elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses supporters at the BJP office in New Delhi on March 12. (Photo: IANS)
India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged stronger after the party won several state elections.
The victory in four of the five states that went to polls recently will help the BJP consolidate its political position across India and push vigorously to promote a Hindu hegemony despite India's constitution allowing all citizens the freedom to profess and propagate any religion.
One of the states the BJP won was Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state. There it won 324 of 403 seats, when results were last declared March 13. Some 80 percent of Uttar Pradesh's 200 million people are Hindus.
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