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India voters kick off world's biggest election today

Published on Apr 7, 2014 10:42 AM

DIBRUGARH (AFP) - Indians began voting in the world's biggest election on Monday which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest.

India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty.

Voting began at 7am (0130 GMT) in six constituencies in tea-growing and insurgency-wracked areas of the northeast, an often neglected part of the country wedged between Bangladesh, China and Myanmar.

The nine-phase parliamentary election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced four days later.

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