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May 16, 2014

India’s prime minister-elect Modi makes magnanimous maiden speech

VADODARA, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi said on Friday he would work for the good of all Indians in his maiden address as the country’s prime minister-elect, hours after his opposition party scored a resounding general election win.

The dramatic victory by Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the first time a single party has won a majority in India’s parliament for three decades.

May 16, 2014

Newsmaker: Modi faces mammoth task to meet India’s soaring expectations

GANDHINAGAR (Reuters) – About a year ago Narendra Modi sat down with some of India’s best and brightest to mount a “shock and awe” election campaign that a strategist likened to a one-sided U.S. military operation against Saddam Hussein’s forces in the Gulf.

From an unmarked office in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, the young men and women, some on sabbaticals from firms like JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, worked on turning a fragmented parliamentary election involving 543 seats into a presidential-style referendum on candidate Modi.

May 16, 2014

Modi faces mammoth task to meet India’s soaring expectations

GANDHINAGAR, India (Reuters) – About a year ago Narendra Modi sat down with some of India’s best and brightest to mount a “shock and awe” election campaign that a strategist likened to a one-sided U.S. military operation against Saddam Hussein’s forces in the Gulf.

From an unmarked office in Gandhinagar, the capital of Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the young men and women, some on sabbaticals from firms like JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, worked on turning a fragmented parliamentary election involving 543 seats into a presidential-style referendum on candidate Modi.

May 7, 2014

Gandhis fend off Modi as India’s election nears climax

AMETHI India (Reuters) – India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty faced a battle on Wednesday to defend one of its bastions from increasingly confident opposition leader Narendra Modi in the penultimate round of the country’s five-week general election.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sensing that its coalition could well be within reach of claiming a parliamentary majority, has ramped up a crusade against Sonia Gandhi and her 43-year-old son Rahul who lead the ruling Congress party.

Apr 28, 2014

Cronyism charges fly as Priyanka Gandhi joins election fray

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has used the emergence of Priyanka Gandhi as a star election campaigner for the troubled Congress to criticise the wealth amassed by her businessman husband and score points in a wrangle over crony capitalism.

Cosy ties between business and politics are a big issue in the elections after a run of scandals weakened the Congress-led government, paralysed decision-making and stifled investment.

Apr 28, 2014

Cronyism charges fly as Gandhi daughter joins election fray

NEW DELHI, April 28 (Reuters) – India’s main opposition
party has used the emergence of Priyanka Gandhi as a star
election campaigner for the troubled Congress party to criticise
the wealth amassed by her businessman husband and score points
in a wrangle over crony capitalism.

Cosy ties between business and politics are a big issue in
the elections after a run of scandals weakened the Congress-led
government, paralysed decision-making and stifled investment.

Apr 15, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi steps up to fight for Congress party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress party clashed with estranged cousin Varun Gandhi, who is running in the election on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, on Tuesday in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes.

Priyanka Gandhi, two years younger than Rahul, is seen as a more natural leader in the hurly-burly of Congress than her brother who has often seemed remote and is struggling to stave off a likely heavy defeat in the five-week vote.

Apr 15, 2014

Gandhi daughter steps up to fight for India’s Congress party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s sister clashed with an estranged cousin running in the election on an opposition ticket on Tuesday, in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes.

Priyanka Gandhi, two years younger than Rahul, is seen as a more natural leader in the hurly-burly of Congress than her brother who has often seemed remote and is struggling to stave off a likely heavy defeat in the five-week vote.

Apr 15, 2014

Voters lured by cash handouts, drugs, bootleg liquor

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters and pay for expenses over and above the spending limit.

Opinion polls show the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies coming to power thanks to the popularity of Narendra Modi and widespread disgust with the Congress party, whose last years in power have been dogged by corruption scandals and a sharp economic slowdown.

Apr 15, 2014

Indian voters lured by cash handouts, drugs, bootleg liquor

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters and pay for expenses over and above the spending limit.

Opinion polls show the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies coming to power thanks to the popularity of Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi and widespread disgust with the Congress party, whose last years in power have been dogged by corruption scandals and a sharp economic slowdown.