India Polls: India election campaign ends with conflicting visions
Published on May 10, 2014 9:04 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi warned on Saturday of an India divided by caste and creed if the Hindu nationalist opposition wins power, as campaigning ended in the nation's multi-stage election.
Mr Gandhi sought to muster a final show of Congress strength in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi with the party struggling to snatch victory from the jaws of a widely forecast election defeat by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP "only wants to divide people, make people fight each other," Mr Gandhi told a rally in temple-studded Varanasi, one of the last constituencies due to vote in Monday's final day of balloting.
The results of the marathon election will be known on Friday. Varanasi is being contested by Mr Narendra Modi, a charismatic but divisive politician who is tipped to lead the BJP to power after a decade in opposition and be India's next prime minister.
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