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AP PHOTOS: Colorful roadshows and rallies mark India's election season before voting starts Friday

Apr. 17, 2024 03:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Every five years, the world’s most populous democracy holds a giant election for millions of Indians to cast their vote on a new parliament. And it does so in its usual flamboyance — with a spectacle of dance, drumbeats and firecrackers echoing across India as...

Indian police kill 29 suspected Maoist rebels in a gunbattle in a central state

Apr. 16, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India killed at least 29 suspected Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, authorities said, three days ahead of the start of a national election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third term. According to a...

AP PHOTOS: What's on the voters’ minds as India heads into a 6-week national election

Apr. 16, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Raj Sud, 94, has voted in almost every election held in independent India, bearing witness to the eventful journey of a diverse, and now the world’s most populous, democracy over the last 76 years. Nearly 970 million people are eligible to vote in India’s...

In Modi's India, opponents and journalists feel the squeeze ahead of election

Apr. 15, 2024 02:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are increasingly wielding strong-arm tactics to subdue political opponents and critics of the ruling Hindu-nationalist party ahead of the nationwide elections that begin this week. A decade into power, and on...

India's national election will take place in phases over 44 days. Here's why it takes so long

Apr. 14, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly 970 million people — or over 10% of the global population — are eligible to vote in India's general elections that start Friday and last to June 1. The mammoth exercise is the biggest anywhere in the world and will take 44 days before results are announced on June 4. ...

India's Modi vows to boost social spending, make country into a manufacturing hub ahead of election

Apr. 14, 2024 04:35 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday vowed to boost social spending, develop infrastructure and make India into a global manufacturing hub as companies shift away from China, as he unveiled his Hindu nationalist party’s election strategy. Modi hopes to...

India's opposition makes its election case, calling Modi an autocrat and promising aid to the poor

Apr. 05, 2024 06:52 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party vowed to boost social spending and reverse what it views as a slide into autocracy as it laid out its campaign promises on Friday, two weeks before the start of a weeks-long, multi-phase general election. Most polls have predicted a...

An Indian court sends a top opposition leader to jail until shortly before election

Apr. 01, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in India on Monday placed a top opposition leader in two weeks of judicial detention after his 10 days in the custody of a federal agency expired, in a case that opposition parties say is part of a crackdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on rivals ahead...

Here's what you need to know about the world's largest democratic election kicking off in India

Apr. 01, 2024 05:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world’s largest democratic election could also be one of its most consequential. With a population of over 1.4 billion people and close to 970 million voters, India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an avowed Hindu nationalist, against...

Thousands rally in India's capital as opposition bloc and Prime Minister Modi launch their campaigns

Mar. 31, 2024 09:57 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An alliance of India’s opposition parties launched its election campaign with a massive rally Sunday that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of stifling opponents and undermining democracy ahead of a national election next month. The “Save...