India's Hindu nationalists surge ahead in election
Nearly 350 million votes must be counted by hand
NEW DELHI, India (CNN) - India's Hindu nationalists were on
the brink of power in the world's largest democracy Tuesday
as the Congress Party virtually threw in the towel in
Final results were expected later on Tuesday.
State-run television forecast that the right-wing Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP, or Indian People's Party) could win more
than 250 seats, but fall short of the 273 seat majority to
control the 545-member lower house of parliament.
The once-dominant Congress Party admitted that it had no hope
of forming a government on its own.
Seats won in the parliamentary races decided so far:
|Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies:||96|
|Congress Party and its allies:||90|
|Independents and others:||16|