In Uttar Pradesh, one big step for the BJP and a giant leap for Modi’s 2019 prospects

This post will be updated as more current election data becomes available.

As winter turns to spring in northern India, the lotus is already blooming in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the country’s most populous state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by prime minister Narendra Modi, has recorded a resounding victory in UP—with a margin not seen in decades—winning or leading in 303 of the 403 seats in the state, as of 2.30 PM on March 11.

The win is a massive electoral validation of

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