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The impossible job - India's pollsters face uphill battle to call election


NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of candidates, hundreds of parties, endless combinations of possible coalitions – spare a thought for India's pollsters, tasked with making sense of the country's fiendishly complicated politics ahead of a general election due by May. 

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a surprise majority in 2014. Until last year, many predicted a similar result. But amid rising anger over unemployment and a fall in rural incomes, the BJP lost key state elections in December, making this contest more closely fought than first expected.

   

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