Morning Brief: India votes
Top Story Five weeks of elections have kicked off in the world’s largest democracy as more than 140 million Indians in 124 constituencies head to the polls today. This is the first of round of elections in which 714 million people are eligible to vote. Final results are expected on May 16. With no unifying ...
Five weeks of elections have kicked off in the world’s largest democracy as more than 140 million Indians in 124 constituencies head to the polls today. This is the first of round of elections in which 714 million people are eligible to vote. Final results are expected on May 16.
With no unifying issue and a host of smaller parties picking up votes, neither the ruling Congress Party nor the Hindu nationalist opposition party BJP appear likely to finish with a majority. This would leave India with an shaky coalition government.
The process has been marred today by attacks from Maoist rebels throughout central India. Five election workers have been killed in bombings and eight others kidnapped. Thousands of police have been deployed to prevent further attacks.
Preeti Aroon has more in this week’s FP photo essay.
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