India votes: Millions head to polls in election seen as referendum on PM Modi (Part 1) | All Charts News - breaking news english#India
Date created : 11/04/2019 – 18:59
Tens of millions of Indians joined queues nationwide on Thursday to vote in the world’s largest election, choosing representatives for India’s parliament and issuing a verdict on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 17th Indian general election has begun, and it promises to be the largest democratic exercise the world has ever seen. The country’s voters will cast ballots to choose their next representatives in the Indian parliament – an exercise that will eventually determine whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be re-elected.
India’s marathon vote will take place in seven stages, with 140 million people across 20 states and territories eligible to vote in the first phase.
When Modi came to power in 2014 he promised to develop the Indian economy. But the opposition Congress party says his promises have fallen flat. Opposition members hope their criticisms of the prime minister for cronyism, a faltering economy and high unemployment will help oust him from his post.
Votes are being cast today for 91 out of the 543 seats in parliament. The seventh phase of the election will end on May 21.
Click on the video player above to watch the first of FRANCE 24’s seven special weekly programmes covering the marathon election.
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