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April 11-May 19, 2019 -- India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP against a raft of opposition parties under the Indian National Congress banner. Around 900 million people will vote at nearly one million polling stations over five weeks.
Modi rode to victory in 2014 on a message of economic prosperity, but given India's lackluster job creation in recent years, that will be a difficult sell in the next election.
The main opposition Indian National Congress Congress (INC), which late last year ousted the Bharatiya Janata Party from power in three largely rural states, is trying to band together with regional and caste-based parties to oust Modi.
Congress is led by Rahul Gandhi, fourth generation scion of the famous Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India for most of its post-independence history.
With 900 million eligible voters, India's election will be the largest the world has seen.
The lower house has 543 elected seats and any party or coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government.
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- Election Commission of India
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- India election to start on April 11 as Modi seeks second term (CNN)