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India rivals hold election-eve rallies as religious row flares

Published on Apr 6, 2014 4:16 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Feb 1, 2014, activists from India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), clad in masks of BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi, participate in a rally in Kolkata. India's political rivals were set to hold rallies Sunday, April 6, 2014, 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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