India begins world’s biggest election

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Indians began voting in the world’s biggest election Monday, April 7, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India’s 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India’s famous Gandhi dynasty. The 9-phase parliamentary election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced 4 days later.

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