Modi promises inclusive India after stunning election win.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on today after a huge election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of pursuing business-friendly policies and a hard line on national security.

Official data from India’s Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party ahead in 298 of the 542 seats available, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament.

That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. Modi’s victory boosted financial markets as investors expect his government will continue to pursue economic reforms.

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