India election: Delhi votes in first real test for Modi

India election Delhi votes in first real test for Modi

Voting is under way in Delhi in state elections billed as the first real test of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.

Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded former policewoman Kiran Bedi as its pick for chief minister.

But polls suggest she is likely to lose to Arvind Kejriwal, an anti-corruption activist who heads his own party.

Mr Modi won convincingly in last summer’s general election, and has ridden a wave of popularity ever since.

Over 13 million people are eligible to vote at over 12,000 polling centres in the state assembly elections.

BJP candidate Kiran Bedi shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote
Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man) candidate Arvind Kejirwal arrives to cast his vote

Security is tight and more than 55,000 police and paramilitary have been deployed.

Official results for the 70-member state assembly are due on Tuesday.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31160328

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