India rivals hold election-eve rallies as religious row flares
Published on Apr 6, 2014 4:16 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's political rivals were set to hold rallies Sunday on the eve of the world's biggest election, as frontrunner for premier Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalists battled accusations of stoking religious tensions to win votes.
Mr Rahul Gandhi will take to the stage in New Delhi and neighbouring Haryana state to implore voters to stick with his ruling Congress party, which is tipped to suffer a crushing defeat in the marathon six-week ballot which starts on Monday.
Voting will kick off in the two remote northeastern states of Assam and Tripura, before spreading across the country of 814 million eligible voters in a staggered process. Results are due on May 16.
"Congress is the only party that has resonance in every nook and cranny of India," senior party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told AFP.
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