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Voters in New Delhi enter India's six-week long general election


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Voters in New Delhi enter India's six-week long general election

Voters in the Indian capital New Delhi get their turn to cast their ballots today as 14 states take part in the biggest day of polling so far in the country’s national election.

With more than 800 million voters, the election is being held over several weeks for logistical reasons.

With more than 800 million voters, the event is being held over several weeks for logistical reasons.

Corruption, unemployment and women’s safety are among the main issues.

“The common people should be able to exercise their rights. We should be heard everywhere. Women should feel safe in Delhi. There should be an end to corruption. We wish for these changes to take place,” said Monica Jindal, a new Delhi resident.

This election is primarily a contest between Narendra Modi, who is the main opposition BJP’s candidate for prime minister and Rahul Gandhi, of the famous political dynasty and vice -president of the governing Congress Party.

Opinion polls give Modi the lead with him likely to capture the newly emerging educated middle class vote.

Nearly 50,000 security personal,and mobile police squads are being deployed in the capital for today’s ballot. All votes will be counted on May 16.

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