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Killings overshadow India's general election

Violence cast a shadow over the first round of voting in India’s general election yesterday with more than a dozen people killed in attacks by Kashmiri separatists and Maoist guerrillas. More than a quarter of the electorate, about 176 million people, were eligible to vote and early exit polls indicated that the ruling Bharatiya Janata party and its allies would return to power with a slim majority in the 543-member parliament. There was relative calm in the western state of Gujarat, where two years ago Hindu mobs killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, in a rampage which lasted weeks. The BJP is expected to sweep the state. Full Story

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