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Big turnout on first day of India’s marathon election

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By ITN News Editor April 12, 2019 13:45

Big turnout on first day of India’s marathon election

Indians thronged to vote at the start of a mammoth general election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term after campaigning on a plank of national security following hostilities with neighbouring Pakistan.People trekked, rode bicycles and drove tractors to polling stations in the world’s biggest democratic exercise, with nearly 900 million eligible to vote during seven phases of balloting spread over 39 days. Vote-counting is set for May 23.Boosted by a surge in nationalist fervour after February’s antagonism with Pakistan, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held the advantage going into the election, opinion polls showed. But distress over growing unemployment and weak farm incomes in rural areas, home to two-thirds of Indians, is expected to shrink the BJP alliance’s majority from the 2014 election.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 12, 2019 13:45

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