LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Residents in India's largest state have begun voting in a monthlong local election with repercussions for the nation as a whole.
A large re-election victory for Chief Minister Mayawati could project her regional, caste-based party onto the national stage. A strong showing for the Congress Party could make it a kingmaker in the state and help it shore up its national coalition.
The state of Uttar Pradesh is so large, with 200 million people, that voting is spread over seven phases and will last until March 3. Results will be declared March 6.