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India PM Modi makes major cabinet changes for new term

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Facing major challenges with the economy, job creation, and a farm debt crisis, Narendra Modi replaces around 3 dozen ministers and deputies from the last administration, bringing in many new lawmakers

NEW CABINET. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) waves as he arrives to attend a meeting with his newly-named cabinet in New Delhi on May 31, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India's Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling new government

May 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Prime Minister walks up to take his oath of office to a standing ovation, with supporters in the crowd chanting 'Modi, Modi'

SECOND TERM. Indian designated Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Election violence continues in India's Bengal

May 26, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Authorities call on armed paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control

Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course on May 23 for a major victory in India's election, with early trends from the election commission showing a clear lead for his party. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)

India's Gandhi concedes personal defeat in family bastion

May 23, 2019 - 9:51 PM

India's main opposition Congress party has held Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state since 1967 except for one 3-year stint in 1977-80 and a separate one-year period in 1998-99

GANDHI CONCEDES. Indian National Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi looks on during a press conference, in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Modi vows 'inclusive' India after landslide election win

May 23, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) Although final results are yet to be published, a rolling vote count by the election commission shows the Bharatiya Janata Party has ncreased its majority with 302 out of 543 elected lower house seats

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian supporters and party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wear masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and flash victory signs as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in Bangalore on May 23, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

India's Modi heads for reelection, early trends show

May 23, 2019 - 1:43 PM

After two and a half hours of counting, figures from the Election Commission show Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lead in 283 seats out of 542 with the rival Congress on just 51.

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Opposition leader Gandhi says gloomy Indian exit polls 'fake'

May 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'My dear Congress party workers. The next 24 hours are important. Stay alert and vigilant. Don't be afraid. You are fighting for the truth,' says Rahul Gandhi, head of the Congress party

GANDHI. Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

India's opposition parties allege vote machine fraud

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The concern of opposition leaders stems from video clips on social media purportedly showing attempts to replace the machines in strongrooms ahead of counting in some places

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, An Indian poll official applies a label to an Electronic Voting Machine before transporting it to a polling station ahead of the Phase VI of India's general election in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura, on May 11, 2019. File photo by Arindam Dey/AFP

India's acrimonious election comes to an end

May 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Polls close at 6 pm in the 7th and final round of voting, ending the world's biggest election with 900 million eligible voters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among tens of millions of people to cast ballots as India holds a 'Super Tuesday' of voting in its marathon election. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP)

'Cyber warriors' sway Indian election

May 16, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Archrivals Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Congress party accuse each other of deploying social media dark arts such as automated bots and trolls to bombard voters with messages, fake and real

CYBER WARRIORS. This photo taken on April 5, 2019, shows Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers for the social media team working in the "war room" ahead of the national elections at the party headquarters in New Delhi. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

May 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The world's biggest poll has been plagued by violence with militants throwing a grenade at a voting booth and shooting dead a local politician in south Kashmir

SECURITY. An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard at an empty polling station during the fifth phase of India's general elections in Kashmir's Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on May 6, 2019. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Modi casts vote on India's 'Super Tuesday'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The 117 seats over 15 states being fought for on Tuesday, April 23, are the biggest number of any of the 7 stages of voting over 6 weeks

VOTE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Heavy security as India's mega vote enters second round

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

More than 157 million of India's 900 million voters are eligible to cast ballots on the second of seven days of voting in the world's biggest election

MEGA ELECTION. An Indian voter (C) gestures before casting her vote at a polling station during the second phase of India's general election in Rayat village near Aligarh, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on April 18, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India goes on high security alert ahead of mega polls

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right wing Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014

Rebels stage deadly pre-election attack on Indian political convoy

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:27 PM

(UPDATED) This strike, less than 48 hours before voting begins in India's national poll, delivers a jolt to security as authorities prepare to hold the biggest election in history

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The 3 women hoping to upset India's Modi at the polls

Apr 06, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Here are the 3 women challenging India's alpha-male Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2019 polls

CHALLENGERS. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (L), Kumari Mayawati (C), and Mamata Banerjee (R) are challenging Hindu Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the polls. Photos from their social media accounts

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

WhatsApp launches a hotline that will allow Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the country's upcoming election

Jobless millions to haunt India election

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The Indian government's failure to create enough jobs is a key issue for voters in the polls

'Priyanka magic' draws thousands at debut rally in India

Feb 11, 2019 - 11:11 PM

At a rally, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra calls for supporters to join a campaign to build 'a new future' for India and a 'new kind of politics where everyone is a stakeholder'

'PRIYANKA MAGIC.' Indian Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi (L) looks on at a political rally as his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (R) waves to supporters in Lucknow, the capital of the election bellwether Uttar Pradesh state, on February 11, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Voter bribes claimed as key Indian state holds election

May 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) Voting is postponed in one constituency after the discovery of the voting cards, which authorities suspect were obtained through bribes

INDIA VOTE. Indian voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

India's PM Modi faces test as his home state votes

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Experts say this election is a serious challenge to Modi as his rivals ride a wave of discontent caused by a stuttering economy and voter anger over the reforms and a desire for change could boost the flagging fortunes of the opposition Congress Party

INDIA VOTE. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP

Test for Modi as India's biggest state votes

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:16 PM

UPDATED With so much at stake halfway through his term Narendra Modi has personally led the campaigning for his party

ELECTIONS. Indian voters wait as election officer checks their names against a voter list at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar on February 11, 2017. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India elects first transgender mayor

Jan 05, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Madhu Bai Kinnar wins the municipal election in Raigarh in the central state of Chhattisgarh beating her rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party by more than 4 500 votes

MAYORAL MILESTONE. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) initiative pose during a pride march in Bangalore, India, 23 November 2014. Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Modi to be sworn in as India's new PM

May 26, 2014 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED After a decade of left leaning Congress party rule Modi is set to steer India firmly to the right in the next 5 years following a landslide election victory

MODI. ndian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi pays tributes at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial ahead of his swearing-in as the 14th prime minister of India at the Rajghat in New Delhi, India, May 26, 2014. Harish Tyagi/EPA

India PM-elect Modi to make triumphant Delhi entrance

May 17, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Prime minister elect Narendra Modi is expected to be sworn in next week and then turn the country sharply to the right after a decade of rule by the center left Congress party

VICTORY. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has won an absolute majority in India's parliamentary polls. Photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Indian PM calls to congratulate Modi on election victory

May 16, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Results so far show Modi on track to succeed Singh with his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party BJP set to secure the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years

BLESSINGS. Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, takes blessings from his mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar, India, 16 May 2014. Yakant Solanki/EPA

India stocks surge as Modi seen closing in on power

May 13, 2014 - 3:26 PM

All the forecasts showed Modi s right wing Bharatiya Janata Party BJP and its allies trouncing the left leaning Congress party

FRONTRUNNER? Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party leader and Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at Barasat during an election campaign before before the 9th phase of the parliamentary elections, North of Calcutta, Eastern India, May 7, 2014. Photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Obama hails India polls, will work with next leader

May 13, 2014 - 7:59 AM

In a statement Obama says India has set an example by holding the largest democratic election in history

SEALING. An Indian polling official seals an EVM during the ninth and final phase of the parliamentary elections in Calcutta, India, May 12, 2014. Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Record India election ends, exit polls favor Modi

May 13, 2014 - 12:12 AM

551 million people cast their votes registering a record high turnout out of 66 38

India's Modi urges record turnout on final election day

May 11, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Voting in the world s biggest election will end Monday May 12 in India

FRONTRUNNER? Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party leader and Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at Barasat during an election campaign before before the 9th phase of the parliamentary elections, North of Calcutta, Eastern India, 07 May 2014. Photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA

India's Modi votes, snaps 'selfie' in latest election leg

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:12 PM

About 140 million people are eligible to vote on April 30 during the latest leg of staggered voting in the world s biggest election which ends with results announced on May 16

Scandals dog top aide to India's would-be PM Modi

Apr 08, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Amit Shah is the confidante and key political manager of the Bharatiya Janata Party s Narendra Modi He is also facing murder and extortion charges

AMIT SHAH. Bhartiya Janata Party leader Amit Shah arrives for BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting in New Delhi on July 4, 2013. Prakash Singh/AFP

India voters kick off world's biggest election

Apr 07, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Indians start voting in the world s biggest election

ELECTION FEVER. Supporters gather to see India's Congress Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi during a rally in New Delhi on April 6, 2014. Chandan Khanna/AFP

'Anyone but Modi' – many Indian Muslims fear the worst

Mar 31, 2014 - 2:10 PM

The 63 year old was an organizer in Gujarat for BJP leader L K Advani who began a nationwide march to demand a temple for Ram in 1990

NARENDRA MODI. Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi during a public rally in New Delhi, India on March 26, 2014. Money Sharma/EPA

India Congress candidate arrested over 'death threat'

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:13 AM

Police arrest a politician from India s ruling Congress party over threatening another politician

DEATH THREAT. Police arrest Indian politician Imran Masood over allegedly threatening another politician. File photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

India's Sonia Gandhi stalls son Rahul's PM candidacy push

Jan 17, 2014 - 9:17 AM

Rahul Gandhi has previously likened power to poison despite having relatives who were all prime ministers of India

SONIA GANDHI. Chairperson of India's Congress-led UPA government Sonia Gandhi (2nd L) and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (2nd R) at an election rally in New Delhi on November 24, 2013. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Indian PM Singh says will step down after 2014 elections

Jan 03, 2014 - 5:16 PM

India s Prime Minister wants Rahul Gandhi to take his place despite an unlikely victory for their party

MANMOHAN SINGH. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that he will step down after elections this year and said reluctant political scion Rahul Gandhi should take his place if the ruling Congress party wins an unlikely third term. PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU/AFP PHOTO

India ruling party faces state election mauling

Dec 08, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Initial tallies showed Congress in power at national level for a decade losing control of all four state assemblies up for grabs in Sunday s vote count

Mystics say #RoyalBaby will be 'elected'

Jul 24, 2013 - 3:19 PM

Being a king or prince will not matter to him

AUSPICIOUS BIRTHDATE. The #RoyalBaby was born on a full moon Indian festival known as Guru Purnima