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India's Modi: abrasive Hindu nationalist tipped to be PM

Few deny that Narendra Modi, the son of a tea seller tipped to be India's next prime minister, has overcome formidable obstacles. Almost everything else about him is bitterly contested. The rise of one of India's most polarising figures even split his own party, where worries about his controversial past and abrasive personality meant he had to overcome heavy internal dissent. The 63-year-old son of low-caste parents from western Gujarat state is seen as a hardliner within the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist opposition last in power 1999-2004.

India votes in world's biggest election

The first Indian voters head to the polls Monday for the world's biggest election, set to sweep the opposition Hindu nationalists to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty, after a bad-tempered campaign.

India's princeling Rahul Gandhi seeks 'poison' of power

He has never held public office, has likened power to "poison", and seen his father and grandmother assassinated by extremists. Now Rahul Gandhi wants to become India's prime minister. If polls are to believed, the 43-year-old is about to lead his Congress party to a crushing defeat in national elections starting Monday. In public, the scion of India's most famous dynasty refuses to contemplate a loss to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its right-wing leader, Narendra Modi.

India's princeling Rahul Gandhi seeks 'poison' of power

He has never held public office, has likened power to "poison", and seen his father and grandmother assassinated by extremists. Now Rahul Gandhi wants to become India's prime minister. If polls are to believed, the 43-year-old is about to lead his Congress party to a crushing defeat in national elections starting Monday. In public, the scion of India's most famous dynasty refuses to contemplate a loss to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its right-wing leader, Narendra Modi.

India's Gandhi warns of religious trouble on election eve

Rahul Gandhi, frontman for India's ruling Congress party, warned Sunday on the eve of the world's biggest election that the country faces religious turmoil if the opposition Hindu nationalist party wins power. Gandhi said majority Hindus would be pitted against minority Muslims if hardliner Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clinched power -- as widely predicted -- during the marathon six-week ballot starting on Monday.

India's Modi lashes Congress over Muslims on election eve

Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, front-runner for premier on the eve of the world's biggest election, accused India's ruling Congress party of failing Muslims as his own party battled claims of fuelling religious tensions. Modi, who is tipped to win power on a promise of reviving the country's battered economy and creating jobs, also urged voters to give him a strong mandate during the marathon six-week ballot which starts on Monday.

India's Hindu nationalists tipped to win as poll looms

India's frontrunner for premier, Narendra Modi, exhorted voters Saturday to give him a strong mandate in polls starting next week as a new row flared over his Hindu nationalist party's ability to protect the country's secular traditions. The controversy on the last day of campaigning for the nine-stage elections kicking off Monday was spurred by remarks by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader's right-hand man, Amit Shah, who spoke of "revenge" in a part of India hit by Hindu-Muslim violence last year.

India's Hindu nationalists tipped to win as poll looms

India's frontrunner for premier, Narendra Modi, exhorted voters Saturday to give him a strong mandate in polls starting next week as a new row flared over his Hindu nationalist party's ability to protect the country's secular traditions. The controversy on the last day of campaigning for the nine-stage elections kicking off Monday was spurred by remarks by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader's right-hand man, Amit Shah, who spoke of "revenge" in a part of India hit by Hindu-Muslim violence last year.

India opposition could clinch election win: opinion polls

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's main opposition party of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi and its allies are set to emerge as the biggest group in an election beginning on Monday, heralding the end of a 10-year reign of the ruling party, two opinion polls showed. In the last major poll, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are forecast to win 38 percent of votes, news channel CNN-IBN and Lokniti at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies said.

India's Hindu nationalists tipped to win as poll looms

Indian politicians hit the campaign trail for a final day Saturday before the start of a marathon nine-phase election, expected to vault the right-wing Hindu nationalist opposition to power. Newspapers carried full front-page ads with a photograph of Narendra Modi, the fiery prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carrying the party's slogan: "Time for a Change, Time for Modi."
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