One dead as India's restive West Bengal state votes

One dead as India's restive West Bengal state votes

The Straits Times - Asia·2021-03-27 15:02

KOLKATA (AFP) - One person was killed and a candidate's car attacked Saturday (March 27) as India's worst hotbed of political violence West Bengal held elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to unseat one of his fiercest opponents.

Victory in the eastern region of 90 million would be a major achievement for Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as it looks to expand further its power base beyond its Hindi-speaking northern heartlands.

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