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The BJP has seen unexpected losses in the country's most populous and politically significant state — Uttar Pradesh. 

It is a hit to the BJP's majority and seen by the opposition as a repudiation of the party's Hindu nationalist .

Despite votes still being counted, Mr Modi claimed victory in a post on social media platform X.

" have placed their faith in NDA, for a third consecutive time! This is a historical feat in India’s history," he said. 

He will become only the second prime minister in India's history to win a third term. 

Two key members of Narendra Modi's alliance had also endorsed him as India's next prime minister.

Spokespersons from both the Telugu Desam Party and Janata Dal (United) parties told on Tuesday local time that their alliance with Mr Modi's BJP would form a government.

Final results are expected on Wednesday.

Leader of the opposition INDIA alliance and Centrist Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, said the election sent a clear message.

"The country has unanimously and clearly stated, we do not want Narendra Modi and [Indian Home Minister] Amit Shah to be involved in the running of this country, we do not like the way they have run this country," Mr Gandhi told reporters.

"That is a huge message."

Celebrations had already begun at the headquarters of Mr Modi's BJP before the full announcement of results.

But the mood at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi was also one of jubilation, according to Congress politician Rajeev Shukla.

"BJP has failed to win a big majority on its own,"  he told reporters.

"It's a moral defeat for them."

Stocks slumped on speculation the reduced majority would hamper the BJP's ability to push through reforms.

Narendra Modi's opponents have struggled to counter the BJP's well-oiled and well-funded campaign juggernaut, and have been hamstrung by what they say are politically motivated criminal cases aimed at hobbling challengers.

US think-tank Freedom House said this year that the BJP had "increasingly used government institutions to target political opponents".

Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi and a key leader in an alliance formed to compete against India's incumbent prime minister, returned to jail on Sunday.

Mr Kejriwal, 55, was detained in March over a long-running corruption probe, but was later released and allowed to campaign as long as he returned to custody once voting ended.

India's election has been a Herculean exercise involving 15 million polling officials and security personnel, 1 million polling stations, more than 8,000 candidates and 744 political parties.

"When power becomes dictatorship, then jail becomes a responsibility," Mr Kejriwal said before surrendering himself. 

He vowed to continue "fighting" from behind bars.

Many of India's Muslim minority are increasingly uneasy their futures and their community's place in the constitutionally secular country.

Mr Modi himself made several strident comments Muslims on the campaign trail, referring to them as "infiltrators".

The polls were staggering in their size and logistical complexity, with 642 million voters casting their ballots — ranging from megacities New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as in sparsely populated forest areas and the high-altitude Himalayas.

Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar called the counting process "robust". 

" should know the strength of Indian democracy," he said Monday local time. 

Based on the commission's figure of an electorate of 968 million, turnout came to 66.3 per cent, down roughly one percentage point from 67.4 per cent in the last polls in 2019.

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