Betting on India’s government

The Indian government faces a crucial vote of confidence Tuesday over the Indo-US nuclear treaty amid allegations that huge amounts of money are changing hands to buy fringe voters in the lower House of Parliament, the Lok Sabha. Indian bookies, usually centered on cricket matches, are emerging as an important factor that could determine whether the government will survive the day. Domestic newspapers are making the vote in the 543-member house look too close to call.

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