Mumbai attacks on agenda as India votes

Terrorism is at the top of the agenda as the people of Mumbai vote in India’s month-long elections under the shadow of a deadly attack that rocked the country’s financial capital

Terrorism is at the top of the agenda as the people of Mumbai vote in India’s month-long elections under the shadow of a deadly attack that rocked the country’s financial capital

Today’s vote is the third of five phases of polling that ends on May 13, and results are expected on May 16.

With more than 700 million voters, India normally holds staggered elections for logistical and security reasons.

Mumbai was the scene of an armed attack in November which left at least 170 people dead, including nine gunmen.

With Mumbai being one of the regions voting in this round, terrorism is at the head of the national debate after an election campaign dominated by local issues, caste, and religion.

Sonia Gandhi, the head of the governing Congress party sought to defend her party’s handling of the attack and a string of others that have hit India in the five years of Congress rule.

Polls indicate neither Congress, nor the main opposition BJP, will win enough seats in the 543-seat lower house of Parliament to rule on their own

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