May 23, 2019 / 2:36 AM / 3 months ago

India starts counting 600 million votes, Modi in pole position

Election staff members work on their computers in a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad, May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India began counting about 600 million votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party predicted to win a clear majority.

The vote count started at 0800 local time (0230 GMT), and results are likely to be clear later in the day.

Reuters India election live blog: reut.rs/2UnGjar

Reporting by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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