Millions of Americans vote Tuesday for the third and largest phase of a staggered parliamentary election, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who cast his vote in his home state of Gujarat.
A total of 188 million voters are eligible Voters voted during the day in 117 constituencies in 15 states and federal states.
Nearly 24 percent of people had voted at 12 o'clock, the Indian Electoral Commission said.
It is expected that more than 900 million Indians will vote for 543 members of the lower house of parliament or Lok Sabha.
The parliamentary elections, which comprise seven phases, began on April 1
In Gujarat, for the first time, Modi met mother early in the morning and then drove in an open jeep, surrounded by hundreds of spectators, just after 8 pm (0230 GMT) – the opening time of the polls.
"IED is a Weapon of Terrorism Voter ID is a Democrat weapon," he told reporters after the vote, referring to improvised explosive devices and voter identity cards.
"I believe the electorate ID is far more powerful than an IED."
The election is seen as a referendum on the five-year rule. He has chosen a nationalist pitch to win the majority of Hindu votes by providing a strong stance against neighboring Pakistan.
The opposition calls for it because of a high unemployment rate of 6.1 percent and a defeated by defeat farmers crisis Prices for the harvest.
"This is a degree of inflation, so to speak," said Rahul Verma, an employee of the Think Tank Center for Policy Research in New Delhi.
So far, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has vigorously pushed Modi's national security record to offset the opposition's allegations of economic maltreatment, inadequate job creation and widespread agricultural distress.
forthcoming government, "said 26-year-old Ubaidullah Mohyideen, who voted Tuesday in Kerala's Wayanad, one of the two seats denied by opposition opposition leader Rahul Gandhi.  Modi spoke at a rally in the west of the country State of Maharashtra on Monday after Sri Lanka's attacks killed more than 320 people and said India's security had improved after its government came to power in 2014.
"Friends, remember the situation in India before 2014, "Modi said," was not there bombs every other day in different parts of the country? "
Verma said that Modi's repeated references to the attacks on Sri Lanka are a sign that the BJP is the one Doubling security issues for the rest of the US would result in a campaign that the PM began as the leader in the strained tensions with neighboring Pakistan  In India, voting will be carried out with electronic voting machines or EVM, a system first introduced in 1982. More than 2.3 million EVM will do so in the 2019 election compared to 1.8 million in 2014.
Vehicles transporting the EVM are equipped with GPS devices to monitor their movements.