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By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - - India's Hindu nationalist opposition party vowed on Monday to seize the momentum from a string of big state poll victories and smooth the tough job of broadening its appeal beyond traditional northern strongholds in time for a national election next year. A group led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to tap into a wave of anger against the ruling Congress, a leader said, after India's grand old party lost vote counts on Sunday in four of five states that have held elections over the past month. The Congress was ahead only in the tiny state of Mizoram in India's remote northeast, having lost in the big heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, besides the national capital, Delhi. "There is no question there is an anti-Congress wave gathering momentum," said senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
Thailand's premier called a snap election Monday to try to defuse the kingdom's political crisis, but protesters kept up their fight to topple the government with an estimated 140,000 demonstrators flooding the streets of Bangkok. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced more than a month of sometimes-violent protests by boisterous demonstrators storming key government buildings in a bid to suspend the country's democracy in favour of an unelected "People's Council". Yingluck, the sister of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, announced in a televised national address Monday that she would dissolve the lower house and hold a general election "as soon as possible". "The government does not want any loss of life," she said, amid fears the mass rallies could bring fresh violence.