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India's Congress Party Forming New Government


India's ruling Congress party is meeting to choose partners to form its coalition government, after winning a decisive victory in national elections.

Top leaders of the Congress Party met in New Delhi Sunday to identify small parties and lawmakers who will help the party get a parliamentary majority.

The Congress Party-led alliance won 261 seats in the 543 member parliament, while its main rival, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party won 159 seats.

The remaining seats were won by a number of other small parties.

The Congress-led alliance is less than a dozen seats short of an outright majority in parliament.

Congress Party spokesman, Rajiv Shukla says the party can easily pick up the support it needs to craft a workable coalition.

Some 714 million people were eligible to vote in the five-stage election that ended on May 13.

Top Congress Party leaders are also discussing the formation of the Cabinet, which is expected to include some younger leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, son of Congress Party President, Sonia Gandhi.

Gandhi says reviving the party with India's youth remains his main goal.

We have reports from our Kolkata stringers on the comments made by some major leaders in the Indian state of West Bengal.

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