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India to announce date for general election today

Published on Mar 5, 2014 1:06 PM
India's upcoming general elections will pit Mr Narendra Modi (left), son of a tea-stall seller, against Mr Rahul Gandhi, the Harvard and Cambridge-educated scion of India's biggest political dynasty. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India, the world's largest democracy, is expected on Wednesday to announce general elections that are forecast to bring the opposition Hindu nationalists led by hardliner Narendra Modi to power.

The election commission is expected to outline the schedule for the polls at a news conference.

The Times of India reported that voting would begin in some states in early April and end more than a month later, with results expected in mid-May.

The world's biggest voting exercise will see about 800 million people trek to the polls stretching from the remote Himalayas in the north to India's tropical southern tip.

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