NEW DELHI, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Voting is underway on Thursday in a generally peaceful atmosphere in 91 constituencies across 11 states of India, including the capital New Delhi, in the third phase of parliamentary elections considered critical for both the ruling Congress party and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Heavy turnouts are reported as voters are eager to impact the politics of the country on specific issues including women's rights, eduction, health, inflation and jobs, said local analysts.
However, two paramilitary policemen were killed in a landmine blast allegedly triggered by leftwing rebels in a remote area in the eastern state of Bihar, while some explosives were also discovered by police in the state on the election day.
Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi cast her ballot in Delhi, where fierce contest involving the Congress, BJP and anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party, which formed a short lived government in Delhi early this year, rolled out.
Another major contest is being staged in western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana surrounding the capital, where the Congress and BJP are facing a moment of truth.
The western Uttar Pradesh city of Muzzaffanagar is drawing attnetion as it was subject to violent communal clashes last year which killed dozens of people and left thousands homeless.