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India goes to polls in biggest voting day

India hosted its biggest day of voting on Thursday with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. Voters lined up at 7:00 am (0130 GMT) in 121 constituencies across a dozen states on the sixth day of staggered voting in the election extravaganza which ends with results on May 16.

India goes to polls in biggest voting day

India hosted its biggest day of voting Thursday in its marathon election, with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty battling to save the ruling Congress party from defeat to opposition Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi. Voters lined up at 7:00 am (0130 GMT) in 121 constituencies across a dozen states where more than 195 million voters are eligible to cast ballots in the largest single day of polling in the five-week election which ends May 12. "The polling has started at 7 am on a peaceful note," said Umesh Sinha chief electoral officer of key battleground state Uttar Pradesh.

India goes to polls in biggest voting day

India hosts its biggest day of voting Thursday in its marathon election, with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty battling to save the ruling Congress party from defeat to opposition Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi. More than 195 million voters in 121 constituencies across a dozen states are eligible to cast ballots in the largest single day of polling in the over month-long election which ends May 12.

India's Modi: No change to 'no first use' nuclear weapons doctrine

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Opposition leader Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that he would stick to India's doctrine of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict if he wins power in the country's election. "It is necessary to be powerful - not to suppress anyone, but for our own protection," Modi said in an interview with the ANI television service.

Journalists smeared me over Gujarat riots: India's Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader and general election frontrunner Narendra Modi accused the media on Wednesday of smearing him over sectarian rioting in 2002 in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died. Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on track to win India's general election and promote Modi from his current post as chief minister in Gujarat - his home state where the rioting occurred - to become the next prime minister.

Bollywood urges voters to shun Modi's party

More than 50 Bollywood filmmakers, actors and writers on Wednesday urged Indians not to vote for the party of Hindu nationalist hardliner Narendra Modi in the ongoing general election. The group signed an appeal calling on Indians to choose a "secular" party, without naming Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Critics fear the BJP could stoke religious tensions if it comes to power.

Bollywood urges voters to shun Modi's party

More than 50 Bollywood filmmakers, actors and writers on Wednesday urged Indians not to vote for the party of Hindu nationalist hardliner Narendra Modi in the ongoing general election. The group signed an appeal calling on Indians to choose a "secular" party, without naming Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Critics fear the BJP could stoke religious tensions if it comes to power.

War of words in India's first family as poll points to defeat

A war of words erupted among the "first family" of Indian politics on Tuesday as a new poll pointed to a sweeping election win for the Hindu nationalist opposition. Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Rahul Gandhi who is leading the ruling Congress party's campaign, called the bitterly fought election contest an "ideological war" against the hardline Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Priyanka was targeting her estranged cousin Varun Gandhi who is running for re-election as a member of parliament for the BJP, accusing him of "betraying the (ideals of the) family."

War of words in India's first family as poll points to defeat

A war of words erupted among the "first family" of Indian politics on Tuesday as a new poll pointed to a sweeping election win for the Hindu nationalist opposition. Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Rahul Gandhi who is leading the ruling Congress party's campaign, called the bitterly fought election contest an "ideological war" against the hardline Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Priyanka was targeting her estranged cousin Varun Gandhi who is running for re-election as a member of parliament for the BJP, accusing him of "betraying the (ideals of the) family."

Modi's double in demand in Indian election

A Mumbai steel manufacturer is finding himself much in demand during India's election season thanks to his uncanny resemblance to prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi. Sporting a grey-white beard, glasses and the politician's trademark shirt and waistcoat, Vikas Mahante is now a regular sight on the campaign trail with right-wing candidates in the financial capital who are keen to cash in on Modi's popularity.
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