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India enters third phase polling tomorrow

Politics | | April 30, 2009, 1:09 am
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A supporter of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) holds a dummy of an elephant, the symbol of the BSP party, during an election campaign rally in Chandigarh on April 28, 2009.

A supporter of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) holds a dummy of an elephant, the symbol of the BSP party, during an election campaign rally in Chandigarh on April 28, 2009.

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Policeman stops Kashmiri youths who wanted to play cricket in a park near a security barricade in Srinagar April 29, 2009. <br><br>Thousands of police and soldiers locked down Kashmir's main city on Wednesday to thwart planned protests against holding India's general elections in the disputed region.<br><br> In Srinagar, troops patrolled deserted streets and erected barricades, cutting off residential areas after region's separatists called for two-day anti-poll strike from Wednesday.

Policeman stops Kashmiri youths who wanted to play cricket in a park near a security barricade in Srinagar April 29, 2009.

Thousands of police and soldiers locked down Kashmir's main city on Wednesday to thwart planned protests against holding India's general elections in the disputed region.

In Srinagar, troops patrolled deserted streets and erected barricades, cutting off residential areas after region's separatists called for two-day anti-poll strike from Wednesday.

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Leader of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lal Krishna Advani attends a campaign rally in Uluberia, near Kolkata, ahead of the third phase of the country's general elections on April 29, 2009.<br><br> Advani will cast his vote from his constituency Gandhinagar on Thursday, April 30.

Leader of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lal Krishna Advani attends a campaign rally in Uluberia, near Kolkata, ahead of the third phase of the country's general elections on April 29, 2009.

Advani will cast his vote from his constituency Gandhinagar on Thursday, April 30.

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Poll officials inspect an electronic voting machine (EVM) at a distribution centre in Mumbai on April 29, 2009. <br><br>The third phase of the country's general elections will take place on April 30.

Poll officials inspect an electronic voting machine (EVM) at a distribution centre in Mumbai on April 29, 2009.

The third phase of the country's general elections will take place on April 30.

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A policeman walks past an information board at a distribution centre in Mumbai April 29, 2009.

A policeman walks past an information board at a distribution centre in Mumbai April 29, 2009.

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A policeman escorts boys carrying election voting material from a distribution centre in Mumbai April 29, 2009.

A policeman escorts boys carrying election voting material from a distribution centre in Mumbai April 29, 2009.

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Congress party president Sonia Gandhi arrives to address her supporters during an election campaign rally in New Delhi April 29, 2009. <br><br> In front of Gandhi are the posters of her son Rahul Gandhi (R) and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L).

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi arrives to address her supporters during an election campaign rally in New Delhi April 29, 2009.

In front of Gandhi are the posters of her son Rahul Gandhi (R) and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L).

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Activists from the People's Committee against Police Atrocities carry traditional weapons on a truck as they take part in a road blockade on the eve of third phase polls in Poradi village, near Kolkata on April 29, 2009. <br><br> The activists were protesting against what they say are police atrocities committed against tribal villagers.

Activists from the People's Committee against Police Atrocities carry traditional weapons on a truck as they take part in a road blockade on the eve of third phase polls in Poradi village, near Kolkata on April 29, 2009.

The activists were protesting against what they say are police atrocities committed against tribal villagers.