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2nd phase of Indian elections ends amid Kashmir lockdown

Apr. 18, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting in the second phase of India's general election on Thursday remained largely peaceful amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian officials said the turnout was over 60% across 13 Indian states where voting took place....

India's millions of young voters can swing national election

Apr. 18, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy. With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any...

AP Photos: Ballots reach Indians by boat, afoot, atop hills

Apr. 12, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

Election officials sailed boats and ships, trekked through dense forest and summited mountains to carry voting machines to even the most remote parts of India for national elections. The mammoth vote that began on Thursday ends May 19, and counting will he held on May 23. Four people were killed in...

4 killed in Indian election violence as voting kicks off

Apr. 11, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least four people were killed in clashes Thursday on the first day of polling in India's general elections, a six-week process that's seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, officials said Thursday. Police said two workers...

India's Congress party chief files election nomination

Apr. 10, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

AMETHI, India (AP) — Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous modern political dynasty, filed nomination papers in the family stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state, hoping to hold onto a key seat for a fourth consecutive time in national elections that begin Thursday....

India stops release of biopic on PM Modi ahead of polls

Apr. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian election authorities have stopped the release of a Bollywood biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with national elections scheduled to begin on Thursday. The Election Commission accepted arguments from the Congress party and other opposition parties that the release of the film,...

Before India's election, voters feed on false information

Apr. 10, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media. Rai looked intently at a flurry of videos and photos on WhatsApp about an Indian airstrike in Pakistan, including pictures labeled as militants'...

Jobs, castes and other issues in India's general elections

Apr. 10, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 promising big-ticket economic reforms. But with unemployment rising and signature policies getting panned, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a nationalist pitch ahead of a general election that begins this week. The last...

AP Photos: India's sacred cow a symbol of rising nationalism

Apr. 8, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — As she patrols for cow smugglers, Sadhvi Kamal, a Hindu holy woman in a saffron robe, rides in a white SUV with a sticker on the rear window displaying a cow framed by swords and rifles. The words in the sticker's logo say, "The cow is the mother of the world." Kamal leads a vigilante...

India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

Apr. 8, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's ruling party released its election manifesto on Monday, three days before the start of a multi-phase general election in the world's largest democracy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party hoping to return to power for a second five-year term...