Modi faces voters in five states as reforms slow


INDIA’S ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will face elections in five states beginning next month, according to a schedule released on Friday (March 4), at a time when its approval ratings are slipping and it is under pressure to deliver on economic growth. State elections are important for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be able to gain control of parliament’s upper house, where members are indirectly elected by state legislatures. A lack of a majority in that house has stalled Modi’s economic reforms agenda and delayed passage of a key tax bill. About 170 million people will be eligible to vote…

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