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Modi Loses a Key Ally 20 Months Ahead of Indian Elections

  • BJP loses power in Bihar as Kumar realigns with opposition
  • Modi has been facing protests over price rise, unemployment
Nitish Kumar 

Nitish Kumar 

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition lost a key political ally and was ousted from power in the eastern state of Bihar less than two years before the country heads to the next general elections.

Nitish Kumar, leader of the Janata Dal (United), told reporters Tuesday in state capital Patna that his party severed ties with Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and he had resigned as chief minister. The coalition had retained power in state elections in Bihar in November 2020.