India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime-minister elect Narendra Modi (L) embraces BJP senior leader Lal Krishna Advani ahead of a meeting at party headquarters in New Delhi on May 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN
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