Indian election parties hit by TV and funding clampdown

Saturday, 13 Apr, 2019

But India's electoral rules say that no voter should be more than two kilometres from a polling booth, which sometimes leads to some amusing situations.

"Nationalism is our inspiration and inclusion and good governance is our mantra", Modi, said at the launch of his manifesto.

"I want a government that thinks about women and brings down the high prices of rice and lentils", said Suman Sharma, 50, a housewife in Ghaziabad near Delhi. Two-thirds of Indians believe that public officials are corrupt, and a similar share say graft has gotten worse since the BJP came to power.

While there are a number of key elections being held in Asia this year, none are bigger than India's with hundreds of millions of people set to vote in the world's largest democratic exercise in history starting today.

Modi asked filmmakers and stars to "talk about patriotism, and Indian culture and values", in their films, said film producer Mahaveer Jain, who organised the January 10 meeting.

Gandhi said on Thursday that the Modi government failed in generating employment and depositing 1.5 million Indian rupees in every citizen's bank accounts as the BJP had promised before the 2014 polls, and that it failed to remove farmers' miseries and was also indulged in corruption.

Polls have opened in the first phase of India's general elections. "NDA's aim is - development, more development and all-round development", he said.

Aerial clashes between the nuclear-armed neighbours followed a suicide attack in February by a militant group based in Pakistan that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir. The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking stay on the release of the biopic and said the EC would be an "appropriate" place to seek the redressal.

Even the Congress party waived farmers' bank loans it won in December.

In a letter, Congress told the home ministry a green laser had been pointed at Rahul Gandhi's head seven times during the meeting, and that feedback from former security personnel suggested it could potentially have come from a sniper gun.

While the 68-year-old Modi remains popular because of his tough stance on national security, he is under pressure over unemployment and controversial economic measures.

Where the right-wing BJP might not fear as much political backlash over Kashmir, the narrative of a "Hindu Rashtra" (Hindu state) in fact goes with the aspirations of the party's hardliners and that of its radical parent organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"It seems that Pakistan has now officially allied with Modi ji".

"The gap between Congress and the BJP is still enormous, so no one is seriously thinking that Congress is going to fill that gap", he said. The plea sought deferment of the biopic's release till the completion of the Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was created to "manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters".

It hopes to win enough seats to lure regional parties opposed to Modi to back it after the election and form the government. At the last election, vote turn-out was around 66%.

Modi's government, which introduced the bonds in 2017, opposed naming donors.

There are some 900 million eligible voters in the world's biggest democracy - more than the combined population of the United States, the European Union and Australia.

Here's a look at the staggering figures behind the world's second-most populous country's vote, and the sheer manpower needed to hold such a mammoth election. "The game is in our hand right now".