Modi faces biggest election test since 2014 landslide


India prime minister Narendra Modi faced his biggest electoral test since coming to power when the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, which he swept three years ago, starting its elections starting on Saturday (11) In the biggest democratic exercise on the planet this year, voting will take place in seven stages over a month to elect a new assembly to govern the mostly poor state of nearly 220 million people that lies along the river Ganges. More broadly, voters will deliver a mid-term verdict on Modi and his nationalist party as India recovers from his boldest decision yet: to abolish…

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