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India votes in second phase of polls

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Electoral staff carry electronic voting machines (EVM) to a polling centre at Jamri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. India began in remote northeast the first phase of the world's biggest election, which will conclude on May 12. Photo: Reuters
Electoral staff carry electronic voting machines (EVM) to a polling centre at Jamri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. India began in remote northeast the first phase of the world's biggest election, which will conclude on May 12. Photo: Reuters

Indians are voting in four north-eastern states in the second phase of the general election which pits the governing Congress party against the Hindu nationalist BJP.

Polling is taking place in six constituencies in Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya states.

The nine-phase election got under way on Monday and will conclude on 12 May. Votes will be counted on 16 May.

Arunachal Pradesh is also voting for 49 of its 60 assembly seats.

Polling in the state of Mizoram state has been postponed to 11 April due to a strike.

Voters have cast their ballots in the tiny state of Nagaland. The photo is taken from BBC website.
Voters have cast their ballots in the tiny state of Nagaland. The photo is taken from BBC website.

The ruling Congress party has a strong presence in most of the north-eastern states, but the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to make inroads there.

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi have both campaigned in the north-eastern states.

SECURITY CHALLENGES

Previous elections in the region have been marred by sporadic violence and several separatist groups, active in the north-eastern states, have threatened to disrupt the ongoing elections.

Security has been tightened in all the states voting on Wednesday, the Press Trust of India news agency reports.

More than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote in a poll dominated by corruption and high inflation.

Published: 11:47 am Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Last modified: 10:02 pm Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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