|Title: Election cash call puts strain on|
| sunnile ony
New Delhi: As India’s mammoth general election approaches, jackhammer drills are quietening down at construction sites and earthmovers and cranes remain parked. Many of the country’s real estate and construction companies—their finances already squeezed by a sharp economic slowdown—are diverting funds from housing and other projects to election campaign contributions. Many projects are stalled, at least temporarily.