Brawls greet Indian election date

Mar 05, 2014, 5:08 PM EST
ndian supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) wear masks of Gujarat state Chief Minister and the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, as they travel in a bus towards the airport to receive him in Mumbai on September 30, 2013.
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India's mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7, authorities announced on Wednesday, kicking off a race that will pit charismatic Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family's ruling Congress party. Almost immediately, street brawls erupted in Delhi between backers of Modi's conservative BJP and those supporting a new anti-corruption party.
 
Background:
India to kick off world's biggest election on April 7 [Reuters]
India set to announce election dates [BBC]