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In pictures: India elections third round

LK Advani in Ahmadabad

In the third round of the Indian general elections, Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani cast his vote in Ahmadabad in the state of Gujarat.

Narendra Modi after voting in Ahmadabad

Voting in Gujarat was given extra tension after India's Supreme Court ordered an inquiry into the role played by the state's chief minister, Narendra Modi, in anti-Muslim riots that swept the state in 2002.

Voter in Mumbai

Despite an intense campaign by several community groups for people to exercise their right to vote, turnout in Mumbai did not appear to be high, with many experts predicting it would be lower than in 2004.

Voting in Jammu

Voting also took place in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Turnout in areas hit by the separatist insurgency was reported to be low.

Independent candidate Mallika Sarabhai displays the indelible ink mark on her finger after voting in Ahmadabad

Disillusionment with India's main political parties has prompted a flurry of independent candidates - such as Mallika Sarabhai in Ahmadabad - to stand in the election.

Security in Ahmadabad as women vote

Security during the voting has been tight, with thousands of army police and paramilitary personnel on duty to try and prevent no repetition of the violence which marred the first round of voting.

Mayawati with her voting card

Among those who cast their vote on Thursday was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, who did so in Lucknow. She appealed to voters to support her BSP party and to vote early.

Security personnel stand guard on the roof of a polling station in Lalgarh

About two million security personnel are being deployed over the five-phase vote. Votes will be counted on 16 May and the new parliament has to be constituted by 2 June.



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