In­dia’s rul­ing party seen to be los­ing ground

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In­dian Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi’s rul­ing party is likely to lose two heart­land states while a third is too close to call, exit polls showed on Fri­day in the fi­nal test of pop­u­lar­ity be­fore a na­tional elec­tion due by May next year.

Sur­veys broad­cast at the end of vot­ing for five state assem­blies showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trail­ing be­hind the ri­val Congress party in some ar­eas. The ac­tual votes will be counted on Tues­day.

Nearly all the polls showed that the Congress will win a clear ma­jor­ity in Ra­jasthan and scrape through in Ch­hat­tis­garh, ac­cord­ing a sur­vey of sur­veys pulled to­gether by NDTV.

In Mad­hya Pradesh, the same polls sug­gested the BJP and the Congress were locked in a fight down to the wire.

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