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India election

Modi vows 'inclusive' India after winning strong mandate

Prime minister's nationalist BJP stuns with landslide victory

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at BJP headquarters on Thursday night. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to build a "strong and inclusive India" after his Bharatiya Janata Party and ruling coalition secured a landslide election victory on Thursday.

Modi, 68, received a fresh mandate to press on with his reformist agenda as it became clear that the electorate chose the National Democratic Alliance, led by the BJP, to govern the country for another five years.

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