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First stage of world’s largest election under way in India

Posted on AllSides April 19th, 2024

By Ashok Sharma and Krutika Pathi | Associated Press NEW DELHI — Millions of Indians began voting on Friday in a six-week election that’s a referendum on Narendra Modi, the populist prime minister who has championed an assertive brand of Hindu nationalist politics and is seeking a rare third term as the country’s leader. People began lining up at polling stations hours before they were allowed in at 7 a.m. in parts of 21 states, from the Himalayan mountains to the tropical Andaman Islands. Nearly 970 million voters — more...

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