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Apr 11, 2014

Election Commission bans rallies by Amit Shah over religious hatred

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Narenda Modi, widely tipped to become India’s next prime minister, suffered a setback on Friday when his closest aide was banned from election rallies and meetings after a series of speeches deemed to have stoked tensions with Muslims.

Modi, 63, a pro-business Hindu nationalist, is the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which hopes to oust the ruling Congress Party of Rahul Gandhi with its promises of jobs and new infrastructure.

Apr 11, 2014

India election chief bans rallies by Modi aide over religious hatred

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Narendra Modi, widely tipped to become India’s next prime minister, suffered a setback on Friday when his closest aide was banned from election rallies and meetings after a series of speeches deemed to have stoked tensions with Muslims.

Modi, 63, a pro-business Hindu nationalist, is the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which hopes to oust the ruling Congress Party of Rahul Gandhi with its promises of jobs and new infrastructure.

Apr 11, 2014
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As riot-hit Muzaffarnagar votes, religious divide favours Hindu nationalist Modi

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(Men stand in a line to cast their vote outside a polling station during the general election, in Shahpur in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

Manoj Balyan wants Narendra Modi to become India’s next prime minister when results of a general election are released next month, and not because of the pro-business opposition leader’s record as a credible economic manager.

Apr 10, 2014

As riot-hit Muzaffarnagar votes, religious divide favours Modi

MUZAFFARNAGAR (Reuters) – Manoj Balyan wants Narendra Modi to become India’s next prime minister when results of a general election are released next month, and not because of the pro-business opposition leader’s record as a credible economic manager.

Instead, the property broker and village chieftain is drawn to the Hindu nationalist side of Modi, 63, who he believes will strip privileges from the country’s minority Muslim population.

Apr 10, 2014

As riot-hit Indian region votes, religious divide favors Hindu leader

MUZAFFARNAGAR, India (Reuters) – Manoj Balyan wants Narendra Modi to become India’s next prime minister when results of a general election are released next month, and not because of the pro-business opposition leader’s record as a credible economic manager.

Instead, the property broker and village chieftain is drawn to the Hindu nationalist side of Modi, 63, who he believes will strip privileges from India’s minority Muslim population.

Apr 6, 2014

Advisers to Modi dream of a Thatcherite revolution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When opposition leader Narendra Modi gave a speech on the virtues of smaller government and privatisation on April 8 last year, supporters called him an ideological heir to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died that day.

Modi, favourite to form India’s next government after elections starting on Monday, has yet to unveil any detailed economic plans but it is clear that some of his closest advisers and campaign managers have a Thatcherite ambition for him.

Apr 6, 2014

Advisers to India’s Modi dream of a Thatcherite revolution

NEW DELHI, April 6 (Reuters) – When Indian opposition leader
Narendra Modi gave a speech on the virtues of smaller government
and privatisation on April 8 last year, supporters called him an
ideological heir to former British Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher, who died that day.

Modi, favourite to form India’s next government after
elections starting on Monday, has yet to unveil any detailed
economic plans but it is clear that some of his closest advisers
and campaign managers have a Thatcherite ambition for him.

Mar 31, 2014

U.S. ambassador to India resigns after diplomatic row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to India has resigned and will return to the United States after less than two years, the embassy said in a statement on Monday, following a diplomatic row that strained relations between the world’s biggest democracies.

The statement did not give a reason why Ambassador Nancy Powell had resigned, saying only that she was retiring from the foreign service after 37 years, “as planned for some time”.

Mar 27, 2014

The great Indian election: it’s about jobs

PATNA, India, March 28 (Reuters) – Old enough to vote for
the first time, student Sheeba Shamim, the daughter of a middle
class family, and young construction workers sweating on a
nearby building site are impatient for a government in India
that delivers jobs and hope for the future.

They are among more than 100 million registered new voters,
who will cast their ballots when the world’s biggest democracy
holds a general election that will run from April 7 to May 12.

Mar 16, 2014

Frontrunner to lead India picks holy Hindu city for election race

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The frontrunner to become India’s next prime minister has announced he will run for election in the holy city of Varanasi, a decision that could galvanize support among fellow Hindus but may focus attention on accusations of religious bias.

As India heads towards a general election that will start next month, Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Saturday the seat he will contest will be in Varanasi, where pilgrims come to wash away their sins in the sacred Ganges river.