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Controversial BJP figure annointed as candidate for Indian PM

Controversial BJP figure annointed as candidate for Indian PM

Updated 16 September 2013, 13:21 AEST

Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi has been named as the main opposition party's prime ministerial candidate for elections due next year.

Mr Modi will lead the campaign for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, as India prepares to go to the polls in April or May.

He's popular within India's middle class who praise him for turning the western state of Gujarat into an economic powerhouse.

But that success has been overshadowed by his handling of anti-Muslim riots in 2002, which left more than one-thousand dead.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Christopher Snedden, south Asia specialist and director of the Asia Calling consultancy

 

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