Monday, September 27, 1999 Published at 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
World: South Asia
India: Fourth day of polling over
Voters wait to get their voting papers stamped in Uttar Pradesh
The fourth of five days of voting in the general election in India has ended, with reports of a low to moderate turnout and a few incidents of sporadic violence in the 79 parliamentary constituencies which went to the polls.
The BBC Delhi correspondent, Daniel Lak, says, by the standards of past elections it has been a peaceful day.
In the north-western part of the state several people were killed or injured in exchanges of gunfire between supporters of rival political parties.
The final result of the election will not be known until early October - but opinion and exit polls indicate a victory for the governing Hindu nationalist party, the BJP.
Voting also took place in Uttar Pradesh, like Bihar a crucial electoral battlegrounds. Together, the two northern states send 139 MPs to the 545-member parliament.
Police officials say Pannalal Oswal, the candidate for the Dhubri parliamentary seat, had tried to strike a deal with rebels of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) to allow him to campaign freely.
But officials told the BBC that the rebels kidnapped him when he failed to pay them the Rs50m demanded from him.
The ULFA has called for a boycott of the parliamentary elections, but state government officials say candidates are being allowed to campaign if they pay the rebel group.
Uttar Pradesh was once a Congress stronghold. Many senior leaders - including Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi - were elected to parliament from the state.
But in recent years, the Congress has lost ground to the BJP and regional parties, which weaned away its traditional supporters.