New Delhi — India has announced a general election to be held over nearly six weeks starting on April 11, when hundreds of millions of voters will cast ballots in the world’s biggest democracy. The poll will see right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi run for a second term against Rahul Gandhi of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty to lead the world's second-most populous nation. Ábout 900-million voters from the Himalayan peaks to the deserts and tropical shores are eligible to vote for a new government for the next five years in an enormous democratic undertaking. From April 11 to May 19 voters will elect 543 legislators to India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, which governs the Asian nation of 1.25 billion people from the capital New Delhi, the electoral commission said. Counting will be completed and results announced on May 23, it said. “The festival of democracy. Elections are here,” Modi posted on Twitter late Sunday. “I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout,” he w...

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