India: Modi supporters gather at BJP headquarters

A group of supporters gather at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears on course for a major victory in the world’s largest election, with early trends suggesting an even bigger win for his Hindu nationalist party than in 2014.

Protest held outside Pakistan High Commission in Delhi

A small group of supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protest outside the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi as tensions between India and Pakistan rise after tit-for-tat air raids and the capture of an Indian pilot by Pakistan. IMAGES

India’s Rajasthan votes in key test for Modi

Voters in the Indian state of Rajasthan cast their ballots in a regional election that analysts view as a potential pointer to the outcome of next year’s general election when Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be bidding for a second term.

India’s Leading PM Candidate Rallies in Varanasi

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Varanasi, a center of Hinduism in India, has emerged as a main battleground during the Indian elections, which began on April 7. With over 814 million eligible voters in a country of 1.25 billion, these are the largest elections the world has seen to date. The results, expected May 16, will bring the election of 543 members of the lower house of Parliament — who in turn will determine the country’s next prime minister to govern for five years.

According to exit poll results, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the majority in parliament — which means that controversial candidate Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister. Modi is a rising force with a pro-business platform for economic growth — which many Indians support. However, he was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2002, when communal clashes killed at least 1,000 Muslims. He was tried for his role in the conflict, but was found not guilty.

May 12 was the last day of voting for the elections, and on Friday India’s fate will be decided. VICE News headed to Varanasi to speak with voters and workers about their nation’s future.

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