INDIA – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governing party took an early lead as votes were counted after the country’s marathon general election.
Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014, looked on course to keep his commanding majority.
He was up against a resurgent main opposition Congress party and powerful regional rivals across the country.
Counting began at 08:00 local time (02:30GMT) after six bitterly fought weeks of voting ended on Sunday. (BBC)