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LS polls 2019: India's giant Modi wave - why the world didn't see it coming

It was all enough to get many voters to give Modi another chance to improve a troubled big picture

Mayank Bhardwaj & Rajendra Jadhav | Reuters  |  New Delhi | Mumbai 

We didn’t see it coming. The tsunami of support that propelled Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into a second five-year term was a surprise to many of us reporting on the mammoth Indian general election. Getting an accurate reading on how 900 million people will vote is extremely difficult and almost impossible to gauge from big cities like Delhi or Mumbai. Far in advance of the April-May voting, Reuters made a series of sorties into the farms and small towns where most of India’s people live to get a sense of what was ...

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First Published: Mon, June 03 2019. 14:14 IST