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India's Uttar Pradesh starts key election

02-10-2012 10:41 BJT

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India has held a key election in its most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for 80 of the more than 500 seats in the lower house of the parliament.

The election will be held in the seven stages in the coming weeks. Home to 200 million people, Uttar Pradesh is ruled by Chief Minister Mayawati, who is battling another strong regional force, the Samajwadi Party.

But the results are also a major test for the ruling Congress party, indicating the shape of the national politics will take in the next two years.

Uttar Pradesh is one of five Indian states voting for new governments. Counting will begin on March 6th.

Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Mayawati waves to
the crowd during an election rally in Azamgarh, India,
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Polling in Uttar Pradesh,
India's most populous and politically crucial state,
starts on Wednesday, when 55 assembly constituencies
cast their ballots in the first phase of voting.

Indian voters wait to cast their ballots in Ayodhaya, Uttar Pradesh.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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