Hindu party ousted

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Hindu party


India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ousted from power in the northern Uttar Pradesh state in the midst of national elections.

Atal Behari Vajpayee, the BJP's candidate for prime minister, began a fast-unto-death to press for the dismissal of the state governor, Romesh Bhandari, saying that he helped defectors from the party to win power without proof of legislative support.

- Reuters, New Delhi