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India polls: Voters brave summer heat to queue up in large numbers

Published on May 12, 2014 5:31 PM
People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of India's general election in Varanasi, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on May 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI - Indian voters braved the summer heat to come out in large numbers on Monday to cast their votes in the Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar while sporadic incidents of violence were reported from the eastern state of West Bengal.

Halfway through the polling process, at 1 pm local time (3.30 pm, Singapore time), voter turnout in Bihar was 37.86 per cent, 36.29 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and a massive 56.38 per cent in West Bengal.

There were reports of stray incidents of violence in West Bengal where 17 constituencies are polling.

In one incident, 13 people were were injured in a clash between supporters of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Trinamool Congress supporters while in another incident two crude bombs were thrown at the house of a BJP candidate, Ms Meena Devi Purohit. No one was injured, reports said.

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