India official wins election on his record, not caste


PATNA, India–The top elected official of one of India’s poorest states has won a landslide re-election victory after a campaign that emphasized his efforts to bring development to Bihar and broke away from traditional caste-based politics. By Wednesday afternoon, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s National Democratic Alliance had won nearly 130 seats and was leading in 70 more races for the Bihar assembly. Former chief minister Lalu Prasad’s coalition had captured 10 seats and was leading in 17 others. The assembly has 243 seats. Kumar has been credited with restoring law and order to Bihar and building roads during his five-year term.