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India’s governing Congress party suffered a bruising blow Sunday, losing four keenly watched state elections in what is seen as a semifinal for the national vote next spring.

The country’s main opposition, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, won power in all four states, even as the brand-new Aam Aadmi Party, formed last year by anti-corruption crusaders, made an impressive debut in the capital.

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