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India’s Financial Capital Suffers from Political Apathy: India Votes

(Bloomberg) — Every day, Bloomberg journalists take you on a tour of select cities as they prepare for the big vote.

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Hello, this is Anirban Nag and I lead Bloomberg’s Mumbai bureau. India’s financial capital, where some of the country’s wealthiest, including Mukesh Ambani, are registered to vote, is notorious for its low voter turnout. Crumbling infrastructure, inadequate public transportation and unbearable citizen services leading to deadly disasters have long plagued the country’s richest municipal corporation, home to some of the country’s largest companies. Often-repeated political promises to transform it into a world-class metropolis were never fulfilled. This week, 16 people died and scores more were injured when a huge billboard collapsed in a violent storm, shutting down Mumbai airport for more than an hour. Narendra ModiThe Bharatiya Janata Party and its alliance won all six parliamentary seats in the city in the last two elections. A split between its former partner and the right-wing Hindutva party Shiv Sena has made the contest interesting this time, with one faction siding with the opposition alliance. Piyush Goyal, BJP’s federal minister for commerce and food, is the first candidate from one of the constituencies. This also applies to Ujjawal Nikam, a former public prosecutor known for fighting cases related to terror attacks in the city.

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According to a statement by the Election Commission of India, around 451 million people have cast their votes in the first four phases of elections so far.

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Rahul Gandhi reiterated that Prime Minister Modi is working to protect the interests of a handful of corporations. He is defending the interests of 22 rich corporations, the Congress leader said at a rally in Odisha.

Modi accused the opposition, including the Congress and its alliance partner Samajwadi Party, of spreading lies about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and said the law would remain in place.

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The BBC reported on the extensive use of AI-generated content – from campaign videos to personalized audio messages in various Indian languages ​​- during the ongoing elections.

The Guardian wrote about Home Minister Amit Shah – Modi’s confidant, adviser and enforcer for four decades.

Who is voting this week?

India’s mammoth election runs until June 1st, with counting scheduled for June 4th. This map from the Election Commission of India shows which constituencies vote and when.

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