Police in the Indian city of Madras were confronted by one of their biggest-ever traffic jams on Sunday when an estimated 50,000 cyclists blocked the road.
Bicycles to camera (two shots)
Bicycles to camera
Black-painted religious man (two shots)
Supporter in large black hat
Symbols on bicycles
Cyclists away from camera
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Background: Police in the Indian city of Madras were confronted by one of their biggest-ever traffic jams on Sunday when an estimated 50,000 cyclists blocked the road.
They were taking part in the campaign for next month's general election.
The cyclists hoped that their mass turn-out would swell support for the ruling Southern Progressive Party in Madras state.
The Southern Progressives, who came to power in 1967, support the Indian Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, but are facing tough competition from an alliance of the old Congress leaders and the Swatantra Party.
The cyclists are hoping that their symbol, the rising sun, will not become the setting sun after the election results are in.