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India election 2019: Tom Vadakkan's departure shows BJP 'defection strategy'

India has entered full election mode: voting is due to begin on 11 April, with the final ballot cast more than five weeks later on 19 May. Every day, the BBC will be bringing you all the latest updates on the twists and turns of the world's largest democracy.The latest from the campaign trailTom Vadakkan's blow to CongressWhat happened?Political leader Tom Vadakkan's shock decision to leave the opposition Congress party after more than 20 years and join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday is still the biggest talking point on Friday. He told reporters that he made the decision after becoming "upset" with his party's response to a suicide attack which killed 40 troops in Indian-administered Kashmir last month.The Con ...
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