union territories — will be counted on May 23, the commission said at a press conference in New Delhi.
Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ar
e seeking re-election after a landslide victory in 2014, winning 282 seats — the largest majo
rity by a single party in 30 years.The election is coming off the back of escalating tensions between India and Pak
istan over the disputed Kashmir region that almost brought the two nuclear armed neighbors to the brink of war.
India took a hard line with Pakistan during the crisis, accusing
the country of not doing enough to stop terrorists active within its borders. While terrorist group Jaish-e-M
ohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, which pre
cipitated the crisis, New Delhi also said Pakistan had a “direct hand” in the attack. Islamabad denied the claim.
India also said it had launched airstrikes on what it alleged was a terrorist training camp across the Line of Con
trol, the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region.