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Support Wanes For Narendra Modi's Party In Bihar Elections

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a solid defeat after this week's regional elections.

By Evan Thomas | November 8, 2015

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has conceded a significant defeat in local elections.

Modi himself wasn't even on the ballot for the northern Indian state of Bihar, but he and his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party treated the race as an unofficial referendum of sorts. (Video via Bharatiya Janata Party)

And the results are in: it's more evidence Modi and the BJP have been slipping ever since the landslide victory in 2014's general election.

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Modi conceded after opposition secured close close to 75 percent of the 243 seats in Bihar's assembly.

Bihar is BJP's second major electoral loss, and, given Bihar's status as India's third most populous state, its most significant so far. The group lost in India's capital, New Delhi, in February.

Now, BJP is losing ground in the upper house of India's parliament, which will make it more difficult to secure the two-house consensus needed to pass reforms.

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