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Last Updated: Monday, 26 April, 2004, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
In pictures: India at the polls
Women voters queue in Manglipattu
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India has held the latest phase of its mammoth general election. Women voters waited patiently in line to cast their votes in Manglipattu, north of Madras
Voters queue in Mangalore (picture courtesy of PP Singh)
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Here in the southern city of Mangalore, enthusiastic crowds queued from dawn to cast their ballots.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
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Exit polls since voting began on 20 April have shown a lead for Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's coalition, but by a slimmer margin than initially predicted.
Rahul Gandhi greeted by supporters
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Rahul Gandhi was mobbed as he visited a polling station in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, where he is standing for the opposition Congress party.
Priyanka Gandhi meets supporters
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His sister, Priyanka, met supporters in the neighbouring constituency of Rai Bareilly. She is not running in the election but has been campaigning hard for the Congress.
Voters of all ethnic groups queued in Assam (picture courtesy of PP Singh)
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In north-eastern Assam state, Muslims and Hindus of Bengali origin, Lalung tribesmen and ethnic Assamese put their divisions aside to vote.
Muzaffarpur city saw a high voter turnout (picture courtesy of PP Singh)
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Voters turned out in large numbers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar, where Defence Minister George Fernandes has his constituency.
Tyres were set alight during protests in Srinagar
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Tyres were set alight in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, where separatists have called for a boycott of the polls.
Tight security at a polling station in downtown Bombay
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There was also tight security in the financial capital, Bombay, to prevent outbreaks of violence.




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