One reason opposition candidate Narendra Modi is on track to become India’s next prime minister can be found in a 100-bed government-run hospital in the city of Jaunpur. Goats roam the corridors, used syringes and vomit litter the floors, and the walls display red spatter from tobacco that has been chewed and spat out.
The leaders of India’s ruling Congress party told voters to ignore opinion polls showing their decade-long rule coming to an end, while promising the poor rights to everything from health care to pensions to housing.
A senior member of India’s main opposition party said he’d run as an independent in next month’s election after being passed over for a seat, underscoring leader Narendra Modi’s challenge in keeping members unified.
Indian wholesale-price inflation eased to a nine-month low in February as higher borrowing costs helped damp price pressures, suggesting official interest rates will be maintained at their current level next month.
Indian consumer-price inflation eased for a third straight month in February while factory output unexpectedly rose in January, as interest-rate increases cooled Asia’s fastest price rises before elections next month.