A woman smokes as she arrives to cast her vote, outside a polling station in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, Jorhat district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Photo credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
India started the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, as weeks of hectic campaigning came to an end on Saturday evening, with voters in the remote northeast making their way past lush rice paddies and over rickety bamboo bridges to reach the polls. India’s 814-million electorate will vote to choose members to the 543-seat Lok Sabha (the lower House of the Parliament of India) in stages over the next five weeks, kicking off in two small northeastern states, then spreading to the northern Himalayan plateaus, western deserts and tropical south before ending in the densely-populated northern plains.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, and its allies are forecast to win the biggest chunk of seats but fall shy of a majority, according to a poll released this week by respected Indian pollsters CSDS. In such a situation, a coalition government led by the BJP is seen as the most likely outcome. According to Reuters, India’s 815 million voters are set to inflict a resounding defeat on the ruling Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, surveys show, after the longest economic slowdown since the 1980s put the brakes on development and job creation in a country where half of the population is under 25 years old. Election results are due on May 16.

A woman smokes as she arrives to cast her vote, outside a polling station in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, Jorhat district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Photo credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

India started the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, as weeks of hectic campaigning came to an end on Saturday evening, with voters in the remote northeast making their way past lush rice paddies and over rickety bamboo bridges to reach the polls. India’s 814-million electorate will vote to choose members to the 543-seat Lok Sabha (the lower House of the Parliament of India) in stages over the next five weeks, kicking off in two small northeastern states, then spreading to the northern Himalayan plateaus, western deserts and tropical south before ending in the densely-populated northern plains.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, and its allies are forecast to win the biggest chunk of seats but fall shy of a majority, according to a poll released this week by respected Indian pollsters CSDS. In such a situation, a coalition government led by the BJP is seen as the most likely outcome. According to Reuters, India’s 815 million voters are set to inflict a resounding defeat on the ruling Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, surveys show, after the longest economic slowdown since the 1980s put the brakes on development and job creation in a country where half of the population is under 25 years old. Election results are due on May 16.

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