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India Elections

Five Indian states are headed to the polls in February and March. Votes for elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand will be tallied on March 11. The outcome will be key for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chances of winning a second term in 2019.

How Indians will 'vote their caste' in huge Uttar Pradesh election

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NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE Uttar Pradesh is voting in the biggest democratic election anywhere in the world this year. If it were a country, the state - with a population of nearly 220 million - would be the world's fifth-largest.

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Uttar Pradesh holds second election round, amid row over exit poll

DEOBAND, India/NEW DELHI Indians voted on Wednesday in the second round of a state election that is the biggest test of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he rose to power three years ago, as controversy raged over the illegal publication of an exit poll.

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PM Modi faces election test as voting begins in Uttar Pradesh

KAIRANA, India More than 13 million Indians voted in the first stage of state assembly elections on Saturday, the biggest electoral test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since coming to power in 2014.

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Modi faces biggest election test since 2014 landslide

LUCKNOW, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his biggest electoral test since coming to power when the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, which he swept three years ago, holds an election starting on Saturday.

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Modi's reforms meet realpolitik in Uttar Pradesh election

LUCKNOW, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to clean up politics. The man running the ruling party's campaign in a crucial state election, who is facing 11 criminal cases, says it will take a while. | Video

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Commentary: Uttar Pradesh election a blueprint for 2019

The assembly election in Uttar Pradesh -- and in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur -- is the semi-final match between the BJP and other political parties as the outcome will provide a blueprint for the general election in 2019.

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In Punjab, jobless youth take a chance with anti-establishment party AAP

TEONA, India Twenty seven-year-old Rupinder Kaur Ruby is a political novice but her message is clear: jobs for young people. | Video

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Modi's opponents join forces for key regional election

NEW DELHI Two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's main political opponents opened their joint campaign on Sunday to win a crucial election in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, which heads to the polls next month.

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Election Commission backs Akhilesh Yadav in family dispute over party

NEW DELHI The Election Commission on Monday backed the chief minister of country's biggest state in his battle with his father for control of Samajwadi Party, a feud Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to exploit in a crucial election.

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Jobless youth could threaten Modi

Jobless youth could threaten Modi

Tommy Wilkes reports from Punjab, a state hit hard by unemployment and economic decline, ahead of elections that could challenge PM Narendra Modi, who campaigned on economic revival.  Video 

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Likely caste voting in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls from Feb. 11 to Mar. 8 in what will be the biggest democratic election in the world this year. Here's a look at how India's caste system could influence the outcome.  Graphic