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India elections: voting underway, reports of clashes | India News



Police broke up clashes between rival groups of voters in West Bengal on Monday as some of India's richest families and Bollywood stars also cast their ballots in Mumbai during the fourth phase of staggered general election.

More than 127 million people are

In West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election bid, supporters of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party Trinamool Congress, police said.

TV footage showed armed security forces chasing away people wielding sticks.

There were no immediate during the third phase of voting last week.

Many of the constituencies Mumbai is located in Uttar Pradesh state in the north and western India's Maharashtra.

Uttar Pradesh elects the most MPs, with Maharashtra next, and both states are ruled by the BJP. Prime Minister Modi's coalition won more than 75 percent of seats in the previous election in 201

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However, Political analysts say the BJP may have to endure a shortage of jobs and weak farm prices.

"Jobs should be the priority for the new government, Aaditya Nair, a hotel management student, said he was in line outside a polling station in Mumbai.

First-time voter Ankita Bhavke, a college student in Mumbai, said she was voted for economic development.

"I want the country to be with the best in the world," she said. "There's been some progress in the last five years."

Mumbai, which has six seats, is India's most prosperous city but is a major concern.

It is also home to the massive Hindi film industry, Bollywood , as well as Asia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and India's richest banker, Uday Kotak.

The seven-phase election, the world's biggest democratic exercise with about 900 million votes, started on April 11. The last phase of voting is

There are a total of 545 seats in Parliament's lower house.

Modes has been made in the wake of tensions with neighboring Pakistan over a deadly suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Maidul Islam, a professor of political science at Kolkata's Center for Social Sciences Studies, said long queues outside polling stations would indicate whether or not Modi's national security pitch was working.

"Whenever there is a BJP child of a wave, you see a higher voter turnout," he said.

SOURCE:
             Reuters news agency


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