India's Elections Begin, but Questions Over How They Will Play Out Remain

Apr 12, 2019 | 09:30 GMT

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters gather to follow national party President Amit Shah on April 6, 2019, in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters gather to follow BJP National President Amit Shah during his roadshow on April 6, 2019 in Ahmedabad. India is holding a general election that will last nearly six weeks starting April 11, when hundreds of millions of voters will cast ballots in the world's biggest democracy.


India's general election began April 11. The world's largest democratic exercise will take place in multiple phases over several weeks. Nine hundred million eligible voters will choose 543 members of the Lok Sabha, parliament's lower house. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking another term after its 2014 victory broke a quarter-centurylong spell of coalition governments in India. The vote will determine the fate of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious economic reform program....

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