New Delhi — Political allies swathed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a victory garland on Tuesday, seeking to project confidence he would win a second straight term in a general election, but the opposition Congress party dismissed predictions that it would lose. Exit polls have predicted a clear win for Modi in the election that ended on Sunday, but such polls in India have proved misleading before. Counting of votes cast in the seven-phase contest will take place on Thursday. The result is expected later that day. The governing coalition, led by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is projected to win between 339 and 365 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament with a Congress-led opposition alliance getting only 77 to 108, an exit poll from India Today-Axis showed. Modi met leaders from his governing alliance, receiving garlands and shawls from them in a show of optimism. Flanked by BJP president Amit Shah, Modi met cabinet ministers, party colleagues and dozens o...

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