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India's BJP eyes record 7th term in Modi's home state of Gujarat

Ruling party plays 'son of the soil' card ahead of key state polls in December

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party hold portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally ahead of the Gujarat state assembly election.   © AP

AHMEDABAD, India -- Gujarat, the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, goes to the polls this week for an assembly election that could set the tone for other state votes in 2023 and the next general election in 2024.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking a record seventh straight term in power, and is counting on the charisma of its leader, who remains its star campaigner and biggest crowd-puller.

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