Minutes after tycoon Ratan Tata abandoned a two-year quest to build the world’s cheapest car in West Bengal over farmer protests, he got a text message from the frontrunner to be India’s next leader: “Welcome to Gujarat.”
The biggest election in world history started today in the Himalayan foothills of northeastern India, with Narendra Modi’s opposition party poised to win the most seats as it looks to regain power after a decade.
India’s front-running prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi doesn’t need to apologize for failing to quell 2002 anti-Muslim riots in his state because courts have cleared him, a senior party leader said.
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.
Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, will contest the nation’s general elections from two seats in a move to reduce the chances of a surprise defeat.
Nobody among India’s 1.2 billion people has been groomed to run Asia’s third-biggest economy more than Rahul Gandhi. Whether he wants to follow his father, grandmother and great-grandfather in doing so remains unclear.
India’s Rahul Gandhi pledged a fight to retain power in elections due by May while avoiding the pressure of being named as the Congress Party’s official prime ministerial candidate as it faces a resurgent opposition.