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April 17, 2009 | Mark Magnier
India's first day of voting in a monthlong election got off to a rocky start Thursday as militants attacked polling efforts in four states, killing at least 17 people. India's multiphase general election, as ambitious and complex as the nation itself, is a massive undertaking involving 714 million eligible voters using 1.3 million voting booths in more than 823,000 polling sites.
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April 7, 2014 | By Tanvi Sharma and Shashank Bengali
NEW DELHI - Balloting began Monday in the world's largest election, as Indian voters frustrated by an economic slowdown and political mismanagement were expected to drum the ruling Indian National Congress out of power. Six weeks of staggered voting began with residents in a handful of remote northeastern constituencies going to the polls. It was the first of nine days of balloting with 814-million registered voters spread across India's 935,000 polling stations. Preelection polls predicted a resounding win for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, whose prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, has captured the country's attention with a pro-business, anti-incumbency message.
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May 14, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
India wrapped up its biggest political event of the year Friday as results were announced in four state elections, including an end to the communist government in West Bengal after 34 years in power. In Tamil Nadu, a party linked to a massive corruption scandal also lost despite a promise to give away millions of food processors, laptop computers and even houses. The elections, in a nation proud of its status as the world's largest democracy (a sign reminds you in four languages as you enter from Pakistan)
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March 31, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - One week before elections that will determine a new prime minister, Indians are deeply dissatisfied with the direction of their country and overwhelmingly want a change in leadership in New Delhi, according to a survey released Monday. The Pew Research Center found that Indians favor the main opposition group, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, to the ruling Indian National Congress by a ratio of more than 3 to 1. The BJP's strong showing rests on the perception that it would do a better job combating the country's range of woes including corruption, unemployment, inflation and political deadlock, the survey said.
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October 3, 1999 | Reuters
Five police officers were killed, allegedly by tribal separatists, at a polling station in northeastern Assam state as India began voting today in the fifth and final phase of a marathon monthlong federal election. The shootings came on the heels of an attack that killed at least five people, four of them security personnel, in an ambush by suspected militants in the state on Saturday.
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March 12, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An official whose jeep hit a land mine was among 10 people killed as one of India's most violence-racked states held an election under heavy police and army guard. Elections in Bihar state were delayed for a week while the government sent in 52,000 police and soldiers, but few were posted in the villages where violence broke out. Preliminary results from states that voted last week indicated a setback for the party of Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
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May 19, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the massive Maharajah of Mysore rumbled into the dusty hamlet of Banni Kuppe one morning last week, the villagers awoke to their elders shouting through megaphones: "Your king has come! Your king has come! Come hear him! Hear the words of the king!" Quickly, they left their huts, put off the cows and the chores until later and flocked to the clearing near the village well, where they bowed, stared reverently and heard a most unusual message.
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May 22, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated late Tuesday when a powerful bomb ripped through his election party as he was receiving flower garlands and gifts at a rural campaign stop 24 miles from the south Indian city of Madras. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the murder. Early today, India's election commission postponed the rest of the voting for Parliament scheduled for Thursday and Sunday until June 12 and 15. The first day of voting was Monday.
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March 25, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The Communist-led coalitions in the two "Red forts" of India--West Bengal and Kerala states--appeared headed for victory in state elections as counting continued Tuesday. Meanwhile, the ruling Congress-I Party of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi salvaged some prestige by joining with a Kashmir regional party to rout foes, including a vociferous Muslim fundamentalist movement, in strategic Jammu and Kashmir state.
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May 24, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an exercise denounced by many as a parody of democracy, voters in predominantly Muslim areas of the troubled Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir were called to the polls Thursday for the first elections in seven years. Witnesses told reporters that crowds in at least one town charged polling booths, complaining that security forces were trying to force people into voting.
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May 14, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
India wrapped up its biggest political event of the year Friday as results were announced in four state elections, including an end to the communist government in West Bengal after 34 years in power. In Tamil Nadu, a party linked to a massive corruption scandal also lost despite a promise to give away millions of food processors, laptop computers and even houses. The elections, in a nation proud of its status as the world's largest democracy (a sign reminds you in four languages as you enter from Pakistan)
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April 17, 2009 | Mark Magnier
India's first day of voting in a monthlong election got off to a rocky start Thursday as militants attacked polling efforts in four states, killing at least 17 people. India's multiphase general election, as ambitious and complex as the nation itself, is a massive undertaking involving 714 million eligible voters using 1.3 million voting booths in more than 823,000 polling sites.
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April 16, 2009 | Mark Magnier and Pavitra Ramaswamy
Voting in the world's most populous democracy kicks off today, featuring hundreds of political parties, aging leaders and a colorful cast of Bollywood and cricket stars offering themselves up for the yea or nay of the masses. An estimated 714 million people -- more than twice the population of the United States -- are eligible to vote in India's monthlong, rolling election.
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July 22, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
India named its first female president Saturday after weeks of acrimonious campaigning that touched on sensitive issues such as political corruption, partisan gamesman ship and women's rights. Federal and state legislators elected Pratibha Patil to the largely ceremonial post, making this country the world's largest to boast a female head of state. The last woman to serve that function for India was Queen Victoria, during the days of the British Raj.
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February 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Fifteen police officers were killed Saturday when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in India's remote northeast, officials said. Sixty armed police officers who had been supervising elections in Bishenpur district were traveling in six vehicles back to their headquarters when rebels fired on them with automatic weapons, local police chief Jayanta Singh said. A fierce gun battle ensued, and the rebels then fled into dense forest, Singh said.
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October 11, 2002 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The political party that ruled Jammu and Kashmir state for the last half a century was humiliated at the polls Thursday, sparking calls for a new style in governing the region that has been racked by a Muslim insurgency. No party earned a majority in the 87-seat local legislature, paving the way for a coalition to replace the old guard.
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November 30, 1993 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The militant Hindu party that once seemed fated to capture control of the world's largest democracy faltered badly in key state elections, returns showed Monday, indicating that most Indians have no stomach for religious extremism. In fact, in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, the biggest winner could turn out to be a coalition linking millions of untouchables and other poor and lower-caste Hindus with Muslims.
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December 1, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cordless telephone in Maneka Gandhi's lap simply would not stop ringing. There were offers of cabinet posts, hearty congratulations and, of course, the inevitable nastiness of political horse trading--India-style--as the young leader's newly triumphant political party scrambled desperately to form India's new opposition government. "What?" she demanded curtly of one of the scores of callers. "No. No, I haven't decided yet. What? No, I told you, I'm still thinking about it. . . . What?"
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September 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
Separatists launched grenade attacks on polling stations and fought gun battles with soldiers Monday as the Indian-held part of Kashmir geared up for another round of elections. Ten people were killed and 29 wounded. The violence came as tens of thousands of Indian soldiers built sandbag bunkers at polling booths for a second bout of voting today in India's portion of the Himalayan region, which is also claimed by Pakistan.
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July 1, 2002 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Choosing a president is India's way of putting its best face forward, and the likely election of a national hero known as the Missile Man sends a message to the world. India's Parliament and state assemblies are expected to vote on the largely ceremonial post in mid-July, and the power brokers appear to have settled on their candidate: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 71, the father of India's nuclear missile program.
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