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Regional party silent on citizenship law ahead of Delhi poll

Modi's BJP eyes comeback after 20-year absence but faces uphill battle

Demonstrators carry placards and shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Jan. 9 against attacks on students at Jawaharlal Nehru University: The demonstrations are a wildcard in upcoming elections.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's capital is set to hold an election on Feb. 8 against a backdrop of protests against the country's new citizenship law, which critics see as discriminating against Muslims, and violent incidents at top universities in the city.

The polls will witness a three-way fight among Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which is eyeing a comeback in the capital after two decades, the main opposition Indian National Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, which currently rules the city government after landslide win in 2015.

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