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Published: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 10:45:02 AM
Updated: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 10:46:40 AM

Counting of votes begins in India's mammoth general election

Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), shower confetti from atop a bus in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Amit Dave

Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), shower confetti from atop a bus in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Volunteers across India began counting votes on Friday to establish the result of a five-week general election in which an estimated half a billion people cast ballots and opposition leader Narendra Modi is widely expected to win.

(Reporting by Malini Menon; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by John Chalmers)

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