India’s ruling party wins 3 of 4 states in elections in a boost for prime minister

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won three out of four state elections on Sunday, boosting prospects for the national polls next year.

Election Results: The BJP wrested control from the Indian National Congress in the states of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and was reelected in Madhya Pradesh for a record fifth term.
* The Congress party came out victorious in Telangana, a state that is governed by the assertive Telangana Rashtra Samithi, known for opposing the BJP.
* Vote counting in a fifth state, Mizoram, is set to place on Monday.

Messages from Leaders: Prime Minister Modi thanked voters for “their unwavering support” and stated that the election results were “a victory for honesty, transparency and good governance”.
* Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, conceded defeat in the three states where his party lost and expressed that ~~”the battle of ideology will continue.”~~

Election Projections: Modi and his party remain popular at the national level, with predictions suggesting he will win a third consecutive term in 2024.
* An alliance of 28 opposition parties, known as INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance), led by the Congress party, is expected to challenge BJP nationally.

Context: These elections come at a time when India is facing multiple challenges such as rising unemployment, attacks by Hindu nationalists against minorities, and shrinking space for free media.
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