Polling ended today in India’s closely fought month long election with voting disrupted at a few locations in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal after minor clashes broke out between rival political parties.
India’s elections are notoriously difficult to call, and this time experts predict that a weak coalition is the most likely outcome given the country’s deeply fractured political scene. Today there was voting in nine provinces including West Bengal to the east where one person is reported to have died in a bomb attack that police say was connected to the elections. India’s ruling Congress Party is battling for re-election against a grouping led by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. While many are tipping Congress to win again, the pro-business BJP is seen as having gained a late surge through some savvy alliance building. But with the race so tight, there are tensions on the ground. India is the world’s most populace democracy. With an electorate numbering some 714 million, the result of the vote is not expected before the weekend.