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Indians vote in fourth stage of general election


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Indians vote in fourth stage of general election

Millions of people have been voting in the fourth and penultimate stage of India’s general election.

The ballot is being staggered over a month in order to allow police to ensure security in this vast nation of more than one billion people. Among the voters in Delhi was Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party, which won six out of seven seats in the capital in the last elections. Thursday’s vote spread across the capital and seven states, including the swing state of West Bengal, where Congress hopes to take crucial seats from the ruling communists and where violence between rival supporters claimed one life. Voting is also underway for the Srinagar seat in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir. With anti-Indian sentiment running deep in the disputed Himalayan region, security’s been stepped up for the ballot. Final results are expected on May 16 but polls indicate neither Congress nor the opposition BJP will win a clear mandate, leaving India with a shaky coalition making it difficult to govern.

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