Controversial Indian leader elected prime minister in historic election

India has a new prime minister. Narendra Modi and his Hindu Nationalist Party won the world’s biggest election with more than 500 million voters casting ballots.

The party is the first to win an outright majority of parliamentary seats in 30 years, and Modi defeated Madhusudhan Mistry for the Vadodara seat with the second-largest victory India has ever seen. He downplayed religious issues and focused on equal economic development in his campaign.

Modi has a controversial past; he was in charge of the state of Gujarat where nearly 1,000 Muslims were killed during clashes in 2002. The U.S. denied him a visa for failing to stem the violence, but President Barack Obama invited him to Washington after his victory.

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