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BJP leads in Karnataka

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India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in the polls in Karnataka, but failed to cross the halfway mark required to form a government in the southern state, official results showed.

The state polls were seen as a popularity test for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of general elections slated to be held in 2019 when he would seek a second term.

Modi's BJP won 82 seats while the incumbent Congress party managed to win 50 seats, according to the latest results published on the election commission website.

The final results for the 224-seat assembly will be announced later in the day. "The BJP is able to win despite lacklustre economic growth because Modi still arouses the hope among the younger generation that he will be able to bring about an improvement in the situation," political analyst Amulya Ganguli told Al Jazeera.

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