Indian Voters' Top Worry? The Economy

With national elections set for April, voters appear more concerned about the economy and local development than terrorism, recent state and local victories indicate
Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat (left), speaking with senior Bhartiya Janta Party leaders at a rally in New Delhi. MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images

After a set of surprise victories in state and local elections last week, India's Congress Party, which governs the country in a coalition, now enters a period of intense campaigning for the national elections scheduled for April 2009. And although its spirits were buoyed by several unexpected victories on Dec. 8, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government may find there is not much it can do before Indians go to the polls to improve what voters regularly indicate they care about most—the economy and local development.

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