Indian states are still voting in Assembly Elections-crucial to a party struggle for the country's presidency, but on Monday (13 June) the ruling Janata Party had taken an early lead.
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Background: Indian states are still voting in Assembly Elections-crucial to a party struggle for the country's presidency, but on Monday (13 June) the ruling Janata Party had taken an early lead.
SYNOPSIS: Voting is taking place in a total of ten states covering more than half the country. Results are expected on Thursday (16 June). The elections will decide the composition of the electoral college which will name India's next President in August, Queues at polling stations were considerable -- especially in Delhi, a Janata Party stronghold.
The state elections are the first test of popularity for the Janata Party, which took power from the Congress Party in national elections in March. The Janata Party has taken an early lead in most states, according to first results. The Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, called the elections after his party had been in power for less than two months by dissolving the assemblies of nine congress-ruled states in northern and central India. There has been violence in the election campaign Indian authorities say at least 26 people have, died since last Friday (10 June) -- a contrast to the peaceful general elections.
Polling in Calcutta was slow, but the streets were decorated with flags and election posters, and a holiday atmosphere prevailed. Elections were also held in Tamil Nadu in South India, where Mr. Desai's rule has been in force for more than a year. Sporadic bomb explosions near Tamil Nadu voting stations caused no casualties.
To ensure that people only vote once, officials stamp, each voters finger with indelible ink. The ruling Janata Party needs to win more than two-thirds of the 2,300 state assembly seats at stake to take control of the electoral college from Mrs. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party. The Janata Party is expected to do well in northern states, but fare badly here in the eastern state of West Bengal.