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55 Images Of The Biggest Election The World Has Ever Seen

814 million eligible voters. 28 states. 543 constituencies. 1,600+ political parties. 930,000 polling stations. 1.4 million voting machines. $600 million. This is a glimpse of India’s general elections — the world’s largest democratic exercise.

1. Kathua village, Jammu and Kashmir

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Krishno Devi, 80, displays the indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote at the India-Pakistan border village of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on April 17.

2. Soraon, Uttar Pradesh

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A helicopter carrying Bollywood actress and Congress party candidate Nagma takes off after an election rally in Phulpur in the Soraon area, 28 miles from Allahabad.

3. Guwahati, Assam

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Voter ink marks the finger of Satyabhama Das. At 110, having never skipped casting her ballot, the matriarch is possibly the most senior voter in India since 1954.

4. Amritsar, Punjab

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Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi (center) poses for a photograph with residents before visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar where he campaigned for the city’s BJP candidate Arrun Jaitley on April 18.

5. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

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A Kashmiri girl stands among supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at an election campaign rally on the outskirts of Srinagar on April 17. Several separatist organizations have jointly appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott the Indian parliamentary elections.

6. Jaipur, Rajasthan

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A woman casts her vote in Jaipur.

7. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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A man tries to catch a glimpse of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, during his road show in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

8. Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh

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A child holds on to the sari of her grandmother standing in a queue to cast her vote in Rajnandgaon, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, now the center of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency on April 17. Indians cast ballots on the largest day of the elections even in areas where Maoist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India’s marginalized and poor.

9. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan (second from left), his wife Jaya (left), son Abhishek Bachchan (second from right) and his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (right) after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai on April 24.

10. Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh

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Sixty-eight year old Ramjan (right) and his wife pose with their voting cards as they journey with their grandchildren on a bullock cart after casting their votes at a polling centre in the village of Jaula in Muzaffarnagar district on April 10.

11. Bhagalpur, Bihar

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An election official goes through documents inside a makeshift storage room for electronic voting machines at a government college in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

12. Bangalore, Karnataka

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A polling officer marks the finger of a voter with indelible ink at a polling station in Bangalore on April 17.

13. Siliguri, West Bengal

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A voter in a wheelchair is helped to a polling station in Siliguri on April 17.

14. Ranchi, Jharkhand

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An Indian election official distributes red roses to Christian nuns during voter registration in Ranchi on April 17.

15. Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu

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Latergram from an AIADMK rally in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu - Mahouts prepare elephants for the arrival of the state’s chief minister, Jayalalitha before the start of an election rally.

16. Amethi, Uttar Pradesh

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Rahul Gandhi (in white), India’s ruling Congress party vice president and son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are showered with rose petals upon Rahul’s arrival to file his nomination for the general election at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh on April 12.

17. Amethi, Uttar Pradesh

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A boy looks at upturned chairs caused due to heavy winds prior to Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s election campaign address in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

18. Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

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Daily wage laborers arrange lamps to be transported to respective election polling stations at a distribution center in Bhubaneswar on April 15.

19. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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A worker stands in between lengths of cloth with the party symbol of India’s ruling Congress party to be used as election paraphernalia in Ahmedabad on April 14.

20. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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BJP supporters wear masks of Narendra Modi during an election rally in Chennai on April 14.

21. Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir

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Supporters of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party dance during an election campaign in Udhampur on April 15.

22. Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Ram Kalyan, an auto driver, says auto drivers were the first to vote at Shastri Park , Jaipur .

23. Shahbazpur Dor village, Uttar Pradesh

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Villagers walk through a rice field towards a polling station to cast their votes in Shahbazpur Dor village in Uttar Pradesh on April 17, the biggest day of voting in India.

24. Misamora Sapori, Assam

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Mishing tribal women on a country boat head towards a polling station to cast their votes during the first phase of elections at Misamora Sapori, an island in the River Brahmaputra in the northeastern Assam state on April 7.

25. Jagatsinghpur district, Odisha

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A supporter of the Congress party covers herself with a chair to protect from the sun as she waits to see the party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi at an election campaign rally at Jagatsinghpur on April 14.

26. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Bollywood actress and Rashtriya Aam Party candidate Rakhi Sawant flaunts earrings in the shape of green chillies, her party’s election symbol, as she campaigns in Mumbai on April 8.

27. Bidar, Karnataka

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Devi Bai (79) wanted to vote at a different booth in the same building because it had a ramp but was disappointed when told she could not do so.

28. Gangtok, Sikkim

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An elderly Sikkimese woman shows her finger marked with voting ink after she cast her vote at a polling station in Gangtok, capital of northern Sikkim state on April 12.

29. Majitha village, Punjab

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A Congress party worker (L) distributes food to supporters who attended a rally for Congress candidate for Amritsar’s parliamentary seat Amarinder Singh in Majitha village, some 25 kms from Amritsar, on April 12.

30. Tsimer, Jammu and Kashmir

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Kashmir’s main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti (L) speaks during her road show on April 15 in Tsimer about 90 km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir.

31. Amethi, Uttar Pradesh

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Village boys climb on tree tops to listen to BJP candidate Smriti Irani at an election rally in Amethi on April 20.

32. Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh

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Sheik Subhani, a kindergarten student, is carried around on a bicycle decorated in YSR Congress party colours at a roadshow in Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh.

33. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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Supporters gather to watch Narendra Modi speak to the audience via a 3D projection in Ahmedabad on April 11.

34. New Delhi

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An Indian man displays the indelible ink mark on his finger after he cast his vote in New Delhi on April 10.

35. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi poses for a selfie with his party’s candidate from Mumbai, Poonam Mahajan, at an election rally in Mumbai on April 21.

36. Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh

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Chairperson of India’s ruling United Progressive Alliance and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, center, is welcomed with flowers as she arrives to file her nomination papers for the general elections, in Rae Bareli on April 2.

37. Amritsar, Punjab

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Indian leader of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal (center) poses for a photograph during a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on April 11.

38. Khowai, Tripura

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) cadre with a Che Guevara scarf in Khowai, Tripura

39. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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“The Indian Spiderman” and independent political candidate, Gaurav Sharma, climbs to the window of a residential building to speak to residents as he campaigns for the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai on April 11.

40. Nagpur, Maharashtra

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Jyoti Amge, 20, a first time voter, gets her finger marked with indelible ink inside a polling station in Nagpur on April 10. Amge is the shortest woman in the world, as certified by the Guinness World Record.

41. Kutamgarh village, Odisha

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An indigenous woman belonging to the Kandha tribe shows the ink mark on her index finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Kutamgarh village in Odisha on April 10.

42. Sirlla village, Odisha

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Strong winds damage the umbrella of an Indigenous woman belonging to the Kandha tribe as she returns after casting her vote at Sirlla village in Kandhamal district on April 10.

43. Dhubri district, Assam

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On an abandoned aircraft staircase outside Guwahati airport, a group of men from the Dhubri district of Assam await the arrival of their relatives coming home after casting their votes.

44. Dimapur, Nagaland

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An elderly Naga woman smiles as she stands in a queue to cast her vote in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland on April 9.

45. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

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A Majlis Bachao Tahreek worker sets up a dummy television, the party’s election symbol, at a public meeting in Phoolbagh, Hyderabad.

46. Lohardaga district, Jharkhand

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An official distributes beverages to residents at a polling station in Lohardaga district on April 10 during the third stage of voting for national elections in the restive eastern state of Jharkhand.

47. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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A supporter of India’s main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears mask of their prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, during an election rally in Mumbai on April 9.

48. Bhagalpur, Bihar

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Four voters hold up their ink-stained fingers after voting in India’s general election in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

49. Senapati, Manipur

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An elderly Naga man waits in a queue to cast his vote outside a voting center in Senapati on April 9. Hundreds of thousands of people in long-winding lines voted in the insurgency-wracked remote northeast of India in the second phase of the county’s national elections.

50. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao casted their votes at a polling station in Mumbai on April 24.

51. Misamora Sapori, Assam

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A Mishing tribal woman displays her indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote outside a polling station at Misamora Sapori in Assam on April 7.

52. Mahaboobnagar, Andhra Pradesh

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Indian tribeswomen look on ahead of an appearance by Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi during an election rally in Mahaboobnagar, some 110 kms from Hyderabad on April 21.

53. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) activists join their torches in Srinagar on April 19 during a rally against the ongoing Indian general elections. JKLF and several other separatist organisations have jointly appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott Indian parliamentary elections.

54. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Congress Party supporters attend a public rally for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Mumbai on April 20.

55. Bhagalpur, Bihar

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A man applauds as Bihar’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, addresses supporters at an election rally in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

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