Indian opposition prime minister candidate Narendra Modi to contest from Hindu holy city

The main opposition candidate for Indian prime minister will contest next month's elections from a revered Hindu holy city, a decision analysts say is a sign of his commitment to Hindu nationalism.

Anant Kumar, a Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman, announced late Saturday Narendra Modi's nomination from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh state, India's most populated state, with nearly 200 million people.

Voting will be held from April 7 to May 12.

Analysts say choosing Modi symbolizes his credentials as a Hindu nationalist, though he is projecting himself in the campaign as a man committed to development in an impoverished country. He is considered to be pro-business.

Neeraja Chowdhury, a political analyst, said Modi need not talk about his Hindu credentials, because people already know about them.