Early results are showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party in the lead in India's general elections. Election Commission data showed the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in contests for 229 seats, with its main rival, the Indian National Congress, ahead in 56 contests. The count that started Thursday was expected to conclude by the evening. In the world's largest democratic exercise, some 900 million people were registered to cast ballots for 542 seats in India's lower house of Parliament in seven phases of voting staggered over six weeks. A party or coalition needs a simple majority, or 272 seats, to govern.