Modi faces key test as Gujarat votes today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 09, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 09, 2017

Modi faces key test as Gujarat votes today

India's Narendra Modi faces a key test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms when the state where he forged his political career goes to the polls today.

Modi built his reputation as an economic reformer in his prosperous home state of Gujarat, which boomed under his rule, attracting investment from around the globe.

But turning around the national economy has proved more difficult and the Modi government reforms have hurt the very constituency of traders and small business owners who were his biggest supporters in the western state.

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