Ruling party wins Indian states despite scandals (AP) – 1527th Edition

A Trinamool Congress party supporter, his face smeared with colored powder, wears party leader Mamata Banerjee's badge on his forehead as he celebrates the early leads, outside her residence in Kolkata, India, Friday, May 13, 2011. Counting of votes began Friday in India's fourth most-populous state of West Bengal, where India's ruling Congress and its ally Trinamool Congress were predicted to unseat a Communist-led government that has held power for 34 years. (AP Photo/Sucheta Das)AP – The ruling Congress party and its allies weathered a string of corruption scandals to win three major state elections Friday — ousting Communists from two strongholds in the process — but voters still showed they would punish for graft.

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