Narendra Modi loses key state election as Covid grips India Prime minister defeated in West Bengal as voters send message over handling of coronavirus crisis Narendra Modi's ruling party loses crucial Indian state electionThe incumbent chief minister's party in India's West Bengal state has defeated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party in a state election held as the coronavirus pandemic surged to crisis levels. Modi experiences setback after loss in key India state pollThe prime minister's party lost big in a state he visited frequently before the recent virus surge forced him off the campaign trail. India elections: Modi party defeated in West Bengal battlegroundIndia's PM has been criticised for focusing on the election as the virus grips the country. Setback for Modi as BJP loses crucial West Bengal pollMamata Banerjee is set to be the chief minister for the third time after her TMC party won a two-thirds majority. Modi’s Party Is Set to Lose a Key Election, Held Under the Cloud of CovidThe prime minister’s party looked likely to gain seats but fall short of victory in West Bengal amid criticism that his mishandling of the pandemic had fueled a catastrophic surge of cases in India. India's Modi takes electoral hit in key state amid virus surgeIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist party suffered a setback Sunday when it lost a fiercely contested state poll.