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India's Modi Poll Triumph Ushers In New Era
Thousands of jubilant supporters have lined the streets of Delhi to greet India's incoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his historic election win.
A victory parade has been held after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was swept to power in a landslide victory which will give the country its first majority government in 30 years.
Supporters danced, set off fireworks and handed out sweets in celebration as Mr Modi was showered with rose petals and crowds chanted his name.
Some 551 million people took part in the national election - more than the population of the US, the UK, Germany and Canada combined.
The resounding result saw the ousting of the Congress Party, led by the Gandhi family, which has long dominated Indian politics.
Outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh tendered his resignation after 10 years in power.
Mr Modi, a Hindu Nationalist, is due to meet senior members of his party to discuss forming a new government.
He has pledged to take India forward "to fulfil the dreams of India's 1.2 billion people".
Speaking after his victory, which he proclaimed on Twitter, Mr Modi said: "There are no enemies in democracy, there is only opposition. I will take your love and convert it into progress before I return."
Mr Modi oversaw a modern campaign which utilised everything from holograms to WhatsApp.
He has been the top official in Gujarat state for a decade.
The 63-year-old is the son of a tea seller and played on his humble roots during the election campaign, with references to his mother riding a rickshaw to cast her ballot.
The 2014 elections pitted him against the 43-year-old Rahul Gandhi of the Congress Party.
Mr Gandhi's great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India. His grandmother Indira Gandhi and then his father Rajiv Gandhi also went on to lead the country.
Rahul's Italian-born mother Sonia Gandhi has been president of the Congress Party for the last 16 years.