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DATE=10/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIAN ELECTIONS / FRIDAY (S) NUMBER=2-754788 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee began the process of forming his new government Friday. Mr. Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies won nearly 300 seats in India's 545-seat parliament -- soundly defeating the once-dominant Congress Party, which won just over 130 seats. V-O- A's Jim Teeple reports Mr. Vajpayee and his allies say they have enough of a majority to serve a full five- year term in office. Text: Leaders from the more than 20 parties in Mr. Vajpayee's coalition -- known as the National Democratic Alliance -- began meeting in New Delhi Friday to discuss the formation of a new government. Mr. Vajpayee's last government collapsed in April, after just 13 months in power. B-J-P spokesman Venkah Naidu says that will not happen again. He says the B-J-P led coalition is solidly behind Mr. Vajpayee and will serve out a full five-year term. // NAIDU ACTUALITY // We have had enough instability in 96, 98 and 99. I think our people have become wise to this and the N-D- A will last its full term. // END ACTUALITY // B-J-P leaders say their new government will focus first on domestic issues, such as agriculture, women's education and the creation of new states. Meanwhile leaders of the opposition Congress Party, led by Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, say they will conduct a thorough review into why their party did so badly -- losing its third parliament election in a row. (Signed) \ neb/jlt / wd 08-Oct-1999 03:12 AM EDT (08-Oct-1999 0712 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .