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> It's the largest election on Earth this year, Saturday kicks off polls in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. It's a crucial task for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party because while Modi's made a big deal about throwing out politics as usual and cleaning up corruption.
His men in Andhra Pradesh, the BJP state president there himself faces 11 criminal cases.>> I'm standing here at the town of Bah down the road from Agra in the Taj Mahal, where in just a few minutes, the ruling BJP party will have a political rally. Leading that rally will be its state president Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Maurya in many ways, resembles Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He came from a humble background, helped his father as a youngster. And rose to power through right wing Hindu political groups. In other ways, Mr. Maurya resembles many other Indian political politicians and that he has a long rap sheet.
The thing is Modi is stuck. If he loses critical polls like Uttar Pradesh, he could also lose support in a strong election platform in 2019. If he wins through politics, driven by men from questionable backgrounds, it ruins his campaign story of a new, strait-laced India. Guys like Maurya can stir up the votes, because they appeal to the BJP's right wing Hindu base.
So the BJP's sticking to a tried and true tactic for now, except being an elite with pending from no charges, and large bank accounts. When we asked Maurya, he said the charges against him are just politically motivated. And his bosses, say there's nothing to worry about.