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India holds biggest day of voting as Hindu nationalists gain

Updated: 2014-04-18 07:14
By Reuters in Bangalore, India ( China Daily)

India held the biggest day of its mammoth general election on Thursday, with a quarter of its 815-million-strong electorate eligible to vote during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress party and gains for the Hindu nationalist opposition.

Narendra Modi, the prime-ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, has been wooing voters with promises to rescue India from its slowest economic growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population.

In the latest large opinion poll, the BJP and its allies were forecast to win a narrow majority in the 543-seat lower house of Parliament, compared to previous surveys predicting that they would fall short.

India holds biggest day of voting as Hindu nationalists gain

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