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Voting begins in Indian elections

Voting has started in India, as the national elections get underway – thought to be the largest election in the world, with 814m people eligible to vote. The frontrunner for the vote is the opposition Hindu nationalist group, led by Narendra Modi, which is expected to sweep aside the ruling Indian Congress Party, led by the famous Gandhi family.

Voting begins in Indian elections
Indian Muslim voters pose with identification as they wait in line to vote outside a polling station in Koliabor, in Assam state's Nagoan district some 180 kms east of Guwahati, on April 7, 2014. Indians have begun voting in the world's biggest election which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
An elderly Indian voter, seen sitting on her son's bicycle, gestures her inked-marked finger as others wait in line to vote outside a polling station in Koliabor, in Assam state's Nagaon district some 180 kms east of Guwahati, on April 7, 2014. Indians have begun voting in the world's biggest election which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
Indian resident Santoshi Bhumej, the first voter who entered the polling booth to cast her vote, poses after voting in Dibrugarh on April 7, 2014, during national elections. Indians have begun voting in the world's biggest election which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
An Indian polling official tests an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in front of polling agents prior to the start of voting at a polling station in Dibrugarh on April 7, 2014, as they prepare for voters arrival during national elections. Indians have begun voting in the world's biggest election which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
Indian polling officials check the details of Santoshi Bhumej (C) the first voter who entered the polling booth to cast her vote in Dibrugarh on April 7, 2014, during national elections. Indians have begun voting in the world's biggest election which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
Supporters of Rahul Gandhi, the leader of India's ruling Congress Party, gather at a rally on April 6, 2014 in New Delhi, India. India will vote in a nine phase election from April 7th through May 12th. (Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
Supporters of Rahul Gandhi, the leader of India's ruling Congress Party, gather at a rally on April 6, 2014 in New Delhi, India. India will vote in a nine phase election from April 7th through May 12th. (Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
An Indian election official holds a dummy ballot paper inside a polling booth in Dibrugarh on April 6, 2014, on the eve of the first phase of voting in national elections. Indian voters looked set to throw out the ruling Congress party at mammoth elections starting on April 7, embracing a Hindu nationalist opposition led by hardliner Narendra Modi on a promise of reviving the battered economy. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
Indian poll officials check Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a distribution centre in Nagaon, some 180 kms east of Guwahati on April 6, 2014 ahead of Lok Sabha (lower house) elections. Five constituencies in Assam state and one in Tripura (Tripura West) state will go to the polls in the first phase as India's marathon nine-phase election kicks off April 7 and ends on May 12 when hundreds of millions will have cast their ballots. (AFP/Getty Images)
Voting begins in Indian elections
Indian Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for the Amritsar parliamentary seat Daljit Singh (C) sits on a rickshaw as he heads to file his nomination papers at the deputy commissioner's office in Amritsar on April 5, 2014. India, the world's biggest democracy, announced the start of national elections on April 7 that are expected to bring Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to power on a platform of economic revival. (AFP/Getty Images)