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Modi's party likely to win India's most crucial state: exit polls

A victory in Uttar Pradesh boosts ruling BJP's prospects in 2024

People stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Varanasi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is expected to retain control of India's most populous and political bellwether state of Uttar Pradesh, exit polls show, in a boost to the party's prospects in the 2024 general election. 

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, home to over 200 million people, four other Indian states -- Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa -- completed its staggered voting process that began Feb. 10. Ballots will be counted on Thursday, after which official results will be declared.

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