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India votes for next president from the lowest Dalit caste

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 05:50

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Analysts say the election of Mr Kovind (above) will help PM Modi tighten his grip on power and accrue political capital by sending an important message to the Dalits.

New Delhi

INDIAN lawmakers voted on Monday for a new president certain to come from the bottom of the Hindu caste system, in an election seen as strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grip on power. Some 4,900 legislators nationwide voted in what Mr Modi termed a "historic" election

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