Asia Unhedged | Indian election results to be released Saturday are a test for Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks to speak with the media as he arrives at the parliament house to attend the first day of the budget session, in New Delhi, India, January 31, 2017. Photo: Reuters, Adnan Abidi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks to speak with the media as he arrives at the parliament house to attend the first day of the budget session, in New Delhi, India, January 31, 2017. Photo: Reuters, Adnan Abidi
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Indian election results to be released Saturday are a test for Modi

Legislative elections now underway are a bellwether for Modi's expected election bid in 2019.

March 11, 2017 4:44 AM (UTC+8)

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the most powerful Indian leader in a generation and has used his standing to take on an independent bureaucracy and implement controversial policies. Those policies include a shift in November to cancel 90% of the nation’s paper banknotes, for which he gave no advance notice. The results of local elections now underway will be released on Saturday in a test for Modi’s party, which is also the ruling party, and will be a bellwether for Modi’s reelection bid in 2019.

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