Puducherry, an administrative district on the southeast coast of India, is on its way to polls today.
Known as a union territory, Puducherry is one of seven in India. But it is only one in two – including New Delhi – that has been given a special status and can choose its own legislative assembly.
However, the entire administration is largely controlled by the federal government.
Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a former French exclave. It was formed from the four former colonies of French India in 1962.
The region is home to the Indian Parliament and has a population of over 250,000.
In the parliamentary elections in 201
The other six Union territories are West Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh – capital of the northern states of Punjab and Haryana – NCT Delhi, the tropical archipelago of Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands far out in the Andaman Sea.