May 23, 2019 / 2:39 AM / 2 months ago

India starts counting 600 million votes, Modi in pole position

FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland during a thanksgiving ceremony by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to its allies at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

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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