Modi ex­tends power

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NEW DELHI: In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi scored a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal vic­tory yes­ter­day when the chief min­is­ter of a pop­u­lous north­ern state joined forces with his rul­ing party, fur­ther weak­en­ing the field of cred­i­ble op­po­si­tion can­di­dates.

Ni­tish Ku­mar, once seen as a po­ten­tial chal­lenger in the 2019 gen­eral elec­tion, was sworn in as chief min­is­ter a day af­ter quit­ting – over a row with his coali­tion ally – and will govern with Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The po­lit­i­cal re­align­ment in Bi­har, means that Modi’s party now rules in 17 of In­dia’s 29 states. Reuters

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