India began on Thursday the mammoth process of counting the roughly 600 million votes cast in the world’s biggest election, with results due later in the day.
Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dismissed as “fake” exit polls predicting a clear election victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before the scheduled release of results.
India is in the penultimate phase of its elections and, so far, one of the issues that’s been front and centre on the campaign trail is the rise of sectarian violence.
Clashes between followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and an opposition leader heightened tensions in the key Indian city of Kolkata on Wednesday ahead of the final round of the country’s hard-fought national election.
Suspected militants shot dead a local leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party in disputed Kashmir ahead of the latest round of polling.