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Modi, Gujarat and resentment politics

Voters, including farmers, angry at stumbling economic policies

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has escaped what could have been a catastrophic defeat in the state election in Gujarat, with results announced Monday showing that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained the majority of seats in the 182-member local parliament.

A loss in the poll would have been deeply embarrassing since Gujarat is Modi's home state and the BJP has governed it for 19 years, with Modi serving as chief minister between 2001 and 2014.

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