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Modi's party concedes defeat in Bihar State

Updated:2015-11-09 12:31:41   CCTV.com

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conceded defeat in a key election in India's northeastern state of Bihar, one of India's poorest and largest states. Modi's Hindu nationalist party was leading in only 58 seats in the 243-seat state assembly compared to 160 for a coalition of rival regional parties as the vote count continued Sunday.

Modi congratulated Bihar State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his victory by telephone. Modi turned the Bihar poll into a key test of his popularity, addressing some 30 campaign rallies and promising voters billions of dollars for development in a state where two thirds of the residents lack access to electricity.

The defeat is also a setback to Modi's plans to push economic reforms through the national parliament where his party lacks a majority.

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