NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his ruling coalition would increase its majority in India’s upcoming election, despite some independent analysts suggesting it could disappear due to discontent over lack of jobs and depressed farm incomes.
Involving around 900 million voters, India’s general election will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, with the vote taking place in seven phases between April 11 and May 19.
Results - May - Interview - Republic - Bharat
Results will be announced on May 23, and in an interview with Republic Bharat television channel, Modi predicted an easy victory.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance partners will get more seats than the previous election,” Modi said.
Modi - Hindu - Nationalist - BJP - Allies
In 2014, Modi led his Hindu nationalist BJP and its allies to the biggest majority scored by any political group in nearly 30 years, as a Congress Party led government paid the price for a faltering economy.
During Modi’s tenure the economy has gathered strength, but growth has been uneven, leaving large sections of the population unhappy.
Approval - Ratings - Modi - Rahul - Gandhi
Though his approval ratings still trail Modi’s, rival Rahul Gandhi has worked hard to revive Congress and forge partnerships with regional parties.
Up until a few weeks ago most opinion polls were...
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