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India polls enter final round

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:03

May 12 - Varanasi is the focus of the battleground for the final showdown in India's mammoth election. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 All eyes are on the ancient city of Varanasi as Indians vote in the final round of the country's massive general election. Narendra Modi is the first presidential candidate to stand in the 3, 000-year-old city where several religions mingle. It's among the 41 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal states where the five-week-long election is coming to an end. (SOUNDBITE)(English) M. K CHAKRAVARTY, VOTER, SAYING: "My demand is development of the country." (SOUNDBITE)(Hindi) SARITA, VOTER, SAYING: "I've voted and chosen a good leader. We hope the leader will work to ensure women's safety and work for the development of the country." Narendra Modi's BJP party and its allies are the hot favourites to win. Modi is hoping to lead the party back to power after a decade in opposition. The BJP believes it may be in line for a record number of seats...then again Indian elections are notoriously hard to predict.

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India polls enter final round

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:03