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India's favorite Modi cannot rule out election upsets

Karnataka result shows India's popular prime minister must not take voters for granted

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates the results of Karnataka state election at his Bharatiya Janata Party's headquarters in New Delhi on May15.   © Reuters

As he completes four eventful years as India's prime minister on May 26, Narendra Modi is targeting a second term through victory in general elections to be scheduled in the next 12 months.

Although he starts the race as the overwhelming favorite, the outcome  of the recent regional poll in the state of Karnataka shows that his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cannot take anything for granted.

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