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India election

Five things to know about India's general elections

BJP expected to retain power with Modi comfortably ahead in opinion polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a commanding lead in opinion polls heading into general elections in April and May.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- The world's largest democracy is set to hold general elections from Apr. 11 to May 19, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term in office.

According to analysts, the most likely outcome will be the return of the ruling National Democratic Alliance headed by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, albeit with a reduced majority.

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