In India, the Vote on Parliamentary Elections Begins, Which Will Last Until May 19thWorld | April 11, 2019, Thursday // 15:38| views
Indians have begun voting in the first phase of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported BBC.
Tens of millions of Indians across 20 states and union territories are voting in 91 constituencies.
The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower house of parliament will continue until 19 May. Counting day is 23 May.
With 900 million eligible voters across the country, this is the largest election ever seen.
Some observers have billed this as the most important election in decades and the tone of the campaign has been acrimonious.
Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a historic landslide in the last elections in 2014. He stakes his claim to lead India on a tough image and remains the governing BJP's main vote-getter.
But critics say his promises of economic growth and job creation haven't met expectations and India has become more religiously polarised under his leadership.