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Uttar Pradesh: 100 million Indians to cast vote in pivotal elections

Published 2:03 AM ET, Fri February 10, 2017
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A supporter of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) attends an election rally for leader Mayawati in February, 2017. Millions of voters in Uttar Pradesh, India's biggest state, start to head to the polls on February 11. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cheer during an election rally addressed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February 2017. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Popular Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide victory in the national elections in 2014. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Sitting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party takes a selfie with a phone during a public rally in February 2017. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
An art student paints during a voting awareness campaign ahead of the elections. As India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh has the largest parliamentary representation and holds huge political sway. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Congress party vice president, Rahul Gandhi, looks at Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, during a joint election rally in Agra. In January, the two parties revealed they were forging an alliance. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Bahujan Samaj Party supporters listen to leader Mayawati during an election rally on February 7, 2017. Mayawati is seeking a fifth term as Chief Minister. She was beaten convincingly in 2012 by the Samajwadi Party. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters wave from a rooftop as they attend a joint election campaign rally by Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, and Congress party vice president, Rahul Gandhi, in February 2017. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Indian election officials examine Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a distribution centre in Amritsar on February 3. The final count is on March 11, after a seven-phase voting period. NARINDER NANU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images