A polling officer puts an indelible ink mark on the index finger of an elderly voter at a polling station in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: AP

The Indian election, explained: how Narendra Modi’s ‘good days’ turned bad

  • The BJP’s Narendra Modi swept to power on a wave of optimism and a catchy slogan.
  • Five years on, an economic slowdown, agrarian distress and rising intolerance have soured the mood
Topic |   Asia elections

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A polling officer puts an indelible ink mark on the index finger of an elderly voter at a polling station in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: AP
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A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party holds a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Reuters

India elections: BJP may need the allies Narendra Modi drove away

  • Regional parties could prove to be kingmakers if neither of the big two secure a majority
  • But an ‘abusive and degenerate’ campaign by the prime minister has alienated those who may hold the keys to power
Topic |   India

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A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party holds a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Reuters
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