Indian court ruling boosts Hindu nationalist front runner for next government

The ruling by a Gujarat state court will likely add further momentum to Narendra Modi and his opposition Bharatiya Janata political party ahead of next year’s national elections.

Narendra Modi, leader of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its prime ministerial candidate for next year’s national elections, is seen here at the party’s office in New Delhi, India, Dec. 8. An Indian court on Dec. 26 rejected a petition seeking the prosecution of Modi in the killing of a former lawmaker and other Muslims during riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002.