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Modi's BJP faces losses in key states ahead of 2019 elections

Expected verdicts compound investor anxiety after RBI governor's exit

JAIPUR, India -- With counting underway in India following a series of intensely-fought state elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party appears set for significant losses in its heartlands, potentially damaging its prospects in national polls due by May.

The Hindu nationalist BJP holds power in the three largest of the five states being contested -- Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh -- but has faced a concerted challenge from the Indian National Congress, the country's main opposition group.

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