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Exit polls predict a rout for the ruling party in India.

The largest election in the world is over in India, and exit polls are out. The actual results are due on the 16th.

Based on the exit polls, it seems like the incumbent Congress party(which heads the UPA coalition) is headed for a rout by the BJP (which heads the NDA coalition of parties). This is major news for India, considering that the Congress party(and its coalitions) have ruled India for 58 out of its 64 years of existence!

The BJP candidate is Modi, who is from one of the lowest castes and worked as a child laborer ( sold tea in a train station as a youngster, to help his family eke out a living), later became the Chief minister of the state of Gujarat, and is now poised to become the Prime Minister of India.

Rahul Gandhi; the scion of the Gandhi dynasty (not to be confused with Mahatma Gandhi) and Modi's opponent, seems to be headed for a sure defeat. In stark contrast to Modi, Rahul Gandhi's father, grandmother, and great grandfather were all prime ministers of India; and he hails from a very powerful and wealthy family.

The Congress party has been known for huge scandals and corruption, and seems like it cost them this election. The youth, and the educated voters overwhelmingly chose BJP over congress, resulting in this (pending)landmark victory

I for one, am glad to see the end of dynastic politics in India.

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