India is set to host the largest election in the world, starting in April and spanning over a month.


India is set to host the largest election in the world, starting in April and spanning over a month.

India is gearing up for the world’s largest general election, with around 970 million registered voters expected to cast their votes for the country’s next prime minister. The seven-stage election process will begin on April 19 and continue until June 1, 2024, according to the schedule released by the Election Commission of India.

Several opinion polls project that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to secure more than the required 272 seats to form the government and win a third consecutive term. The economic growth momentum under Modi’s leadership, along with India’s enhanced global standing, has instilled confidence that he will be re-elected by many experts.

Despite opposition claims of electronic voting machine hacking benefiting the ruling BJP, the country’s election body has denied such allegations. In December, Modi’s party faced accusations of orchestrating a power grab after 141 lawmakers were suspended for disrupting parliamentary proceedings.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar has urged voters to maintain decorum during the campaigning period and avoid engaging in personal attacks or abuses. Since Modi’s reelection in the 2019 general election, India’s economy has strengthened, with the Nifty 50 and BSE Sensex both hitting record highs this year.

The International Monetary Fund executive director Krishnamurthy Subramanian has stated that India is the fastest-growing economy and is expected to achieve 8% growth this year. The warming relations between India and the U.S. following Modi’s state visit to the White House have increased India’s appeal as an investment destination, prompting several firms to consider expanding their manufacturing presence in the country as they look to diversify away from China.

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