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Modi faces growing pressure from Hindu nationalist group

RSS disgruntled about PM's cold shoulder to right-wing supporters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on the stump, is also facing a power struggle with his party's primary support organization. Modi delivering a campaign speech in the state of Uttar Pradesh in February.

NEW DELHI -- Local assembly elections are being held in five Indian states, giving voters the first opportunity to deliver their verdicts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's performance since his surprise move to ban the country's largest denomination bank notes -- 500 and 1,000 rupee notes -- in November last year.

The elections have been seen as a referendum on his drastic action, which was intended as a direct attack on the country's endemic corruption. The move caused massive confusion and disruption.

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