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Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in Allahabad

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Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Thursday

TOPSHOTS Supporters of unseen India's ma...TOPSHOTS Supporters of unseen India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi on April 24, 2014.  Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was overwhelmed by a huge show of support on streets of Varanasi as the Hindu nationalist leader entered the contest to become the holy city's member of parliament.  AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporters of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. Read more

Indian women cast their vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections at a village near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014. With 814 million eligible voters, India is voting in phases over six weeks. Results are expected May 16.

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Women cast their vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections at a village near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan state, India

Indian policemen sit in the shade outside a polling station in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Indian policemen sit in the shade outside a polling station in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country’s weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India‘s marginalized and poor Read more

Indian women stand in a queue to cast their votes in Rajnandgaon, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, now the center of India's four-decade Maoist insurgency, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor. The state of Chhattisgarh itself was formed only in 2000, carved from its western neighbor Madhya Pradesh based on its large tribal population.

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Indian women stand in a queue to cast their votes in Rajnandgaon, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, now the centre of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency on Thursday

A labourer sits at a window under a railway bridge in the old quarters of Delhi...A labourer sits at a window under a railway bridge in the old quarters of Delhi April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A labourer sits at a window under a railway bridge in the old quarters of Delhi Read more

Two homeless children sleep on a pavement in front of a closed shop in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

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Two homeless children sleep on a pavement in front of a closed shop in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday Read more

Indian security personnel look on as a voter leaves a polling station after casting her ballot in Kahnmun, some 190 kms from Aizwal, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram on April 11, 2014. Indians began voting April 7 in the world's biggest election, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger over corruption and warnings about religious unrest. Elections are being held in nine phases from April 7 until May 12.

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Indian security personnel stand guard as a voter leaves a polling station after casting her ballot in Kahnmun, some 190km from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram in northeast India, on Friday.

Wheat Harvest As Agriculture Prices Threaten Central Bank's Inflation Forcasts...Bloomberg Photo Service 'Best of the Week': A farm worker walks through a wheat field during a crop harvest in Panipat, Haryana, India, on Monday, April 7, 2014. Inflation has been among the key issues in the nationís current general election campaign and uncertainty over guaranteed agriculture prices is among the risks to the central bankís inflation forecast, the Reserve Bank said. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathanan/Bloomberg

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A farm worker walks through wheat during a harvest in Panipat, Haryana, India. Inflation is a main issue in the general election campaign and uncertainty over guaranteed agriculture prices poses a risk to inflation forecasts, the country’s central bank said.

Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district...Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh April 10, 2014. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi's popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. For many of the 815 million registered to vote, Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) represent a promise of better governance, industrial growth and job creation.   REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi’s popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. Read more