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India's Muslims worried about controversial Hindu leader as national elections begin

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India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Partys prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, second right, shakes hands with Indian film star Rajnikanth before addressing an election campaign rally in Chennai, India.

VARANASI, India — As priests chanted and smeared vermilion on Narendra Modi's forehead, the opposition leader prayed that India would make him its next prime minister.

Modi came to this Hindu holy city late last year to worship at a site that has been contested by Hindus and Muslims for centuries. Just yards from where he stood, a two-story wall of metal bars separated the historic temple from a mosque.

Modi has been a polarizing figure in India for years. N

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