India starts voting in the world’s largest election as Modi seeks a third term

(19 Apr 2024)
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New Delhi – 17 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Krutika Pathi, Associated Press
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“The world’s largest democratic election is kicking off in India. 970 million people are eligible to vote over the next six weeks. Now that’s over 10% of the world’s population. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s made Hindu nationalism mainstream over the last 10 years, has got his eyes on a third straight term. He and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are up against an opposition alliance of many parties, that have come together to take them on. The economy is likely to be a key issue for many voters. Under Modi, India’s economy has grown and his supporters say he has helped make India a global power. But at the same time, unemployment is high and so is inflation. Young people are worried that there aren’t enough jobs, and the gap between the rich and poor has grown. Religion is another key factor. Modi has become popular for blending Hinduism with development. This is something that has really struck a chord with many Hindus, who make up about 80% of India’s population. Meanwhile, Modi’s critics and the opposition say that what’s at stake is India’s democracy itself. Dozens of their politicians are under investigation or in jail, for example. Attacks against minorities has become more brazen and Modi’s government is accused of cracking down on free speech and the media. However most surveys still say that Modi and his party are likely to win when the results come out on June 4th.”

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New Delhi – 8th March 2024
2. Mid of crowd of people in Delhi’s popular Chandni Chowk market
3. Mid of crowd of people in Old Delhi

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Ghaziabad – 6th April 2024
3. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigning on top of a vehicle

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New Delhi – 27th March 2024
4. Various of BJP supporters campaigning for BJP candidate Praveen Khandelwal in Chandni Chowk market

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Chennai – 15th April 2024
5. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) candidate Thamizhachi Thangapandian standing on top of moving vehicle, greeting supporters
6. Neon sign of DMK party symbol showing their main members

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New Delhi – 8th March 2024
7. Wide of tourists at India Gate, popular British era war memorial
8. Wide of India’s Presidential Palace (Rasthrapati Bhavan)
9. Mid of people walking in Old Delhi market

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New Delhi – 27th March 2024
10. Man wearing Hindu religious symbol in the form of colored powder on his forehead

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Ghaziabad – 6th April 2024
11. A flag showing Hindu deity Lord Ram and ‘Victory to Lord Ram’ written in Hindi (Jai Shri Ram)

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Chennai – 14 April 2024
12. Various of supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dancing to drumbeats

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New Delhi – 31st March 2024
13. Wide of Rahul Gandhi, a prominent opposition leader from Indian National Congress Party speaking on stage in a rally
14. Wide of supporters of Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) attending the rally

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New Delhi – 26th March 2024
15. Wide of Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) supporter being detained by police in a protest demonstration

STORYLINE:
Millions of Indians Friday began casting ballots in a six-week long national election in a referendum on Narendra Modi, the populist prime minister who has championed an assertive brand of Hindu nationalist politics and is up for re-election for a third rare term.

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