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Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, addresses his party supporters during an election campaign rally.

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What’s at stake in India’s state elections?

Over 150 million Indians have registered to vote in five state elections that just kicked off and will run through March 7. (Fun fact: 39,598 voters aged 100 and over are registered to vote, according to The Economist.) The biggest electoral battle will take place in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, which is often seen as a bellwether for national politics. The other states holding elections include Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand; all but Punjab currently have BJP-led governments.

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BJP defies pundits in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal

May 24, 2019 5:00 AM

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised many pundits yesterday with its performance in the two key states of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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