Karnataka: India state votes in bitterly contested poll
Voting has begun in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, in a bitterly contested election.
More than 49 million people are eligible to vote for the state’s 224 assembly seats.
The poll is significant for both India’s major parties ahead of general elections next year.
The state is the last major bastion of the opposition Congress party, which India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to break into.
Karnataka is the hub of India’s information technology industry and has a population of 64 million.
More than 55,000 polling stations have been set up in the state including 600 “pink booths” where all volunteers are women.
The results of the election will be announced on 15 May.