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Indian NYers Watch Outcome of Elections Back Home

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India's opposition party seems poised to sweep the world's biggest election and New Yorkers with connections to the country are watching the outcome closely. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.

As soon as the Indian election results were in Friday, the celebrating began in the Patel Brothers grocery store in Jackson Heights, Queens.

"This is very big important victory of the Indian democracy," said Nikita Desai, an Indian New Yorker.

Desai is from the same region of India where new prime minister Narendra Modi was a regional leader.

"He is a very honest person and very intelligent and he knows how to grow India," Desai said.

Promises to cultivate India 's economy led to his landslide win but he also called for a fight against corruption. Modi ousted Manmohan Singh and his National Indian Congress Party which had dominated Indian politics for decades.

"He wants to work more with the farmers. India is a country of farmers we need more and more growth," said Sharad Agarwsal, an Indian New Yorker.

Somanai Rajkumar is a jeweler in India who voted for Modi. He is visiting Queens this week on business and says Modi's victory will improve his life and business back home.

"Definitely more exports to the U.S. and all over the world," Rajkumar said.

Some 550 million votes were cast in five weeks. The country is the world's most populous democracy.

Local Indians say Modi will have a good relationship with the U.S. In the past it's been rocky because of questions about how Modi handled anti-Muslim violence in his home region.

Potential divisions between India's majority Hindus and Muslims could be a problem for Modi at home and abroad. However, many in Jackson Heights are confident Modi's reforms could encourage more open relationships all around, including with the United States.

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