Modi's popularity to be tested in state polls

  • Elections are being held in Maharashtra and Haryana in what is being seen as an important test for Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, as BJP is attempting to dislodge the Congress and its allies from the two states, media reports say.

    Last month the BJP suffered a jolt after performing badly in by-polls. This time, Modi, a charismatic orator, has personally campaigned in both the states.

    The results in the large western state of Maharashtra are particularly crucial for the BJP as it has split with its long-time ally Shiv Sena. Opinion polls have predicted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the state.


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