India's tryst with destiny may never come

There is one clear favourite in the world's biggest election, which kicked off in India yesterday and runs for six weeks: incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Buoyed by his personal popularity, Mr Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) isn't even pretending to offer dramatic new programmes if it returns to power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2019, with the headline 'India's tryst with destiny may never come'. Print Edition | Subscribe