Feb 16, 1998, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9120528
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india in election general of phase first in polling percent 55 250-million of cent per 55 estimated an -- irna 16, .feb delhi, new elections general of phase first in votes their cast today electorate lower sabha, lok 545-member of members 222 elect to today india in .parliament of house began territories, union five and states 15 over spread polling, .time local hours 1700 till continued and time local hours 0700 at southern the in coimbatore in blasts bomb of backdrop the in held were persons 52 which in sunday and saturday on nadu tamil of state india of commission election the by described was polling the killed, ."peaceful" as were persons, 17 killing violence, poll-related of incidents north pradesh, uttar and bihar of states indian northern from reported .pradesh andhra of state indian southern and assam of state eastern of cases in bihar in injured more many and killed were persons 15 the by triggered blasts landmine and rivals political between firing .polls the boycotting extremists ballot of burning and looting capturing, booth of incidents killed was each one .assam and bihar from reported also were boxes .pradesh andhra and assam in .today fray the in were candidates 2,200 of number total a chief former gujral, .k.i minister prime were these among prominent yadav, prasad laloo chief, dal janata rashtriya and bihar of minister deve .d.h minister, prime former yadav, sharad president, dal janata of president former and chandrashekhar minister prime former gowda, .joshi manohar murli ,(bjp) party janata bhartiya extremist hindu take will phases fifth and fourth third, second, the for voting (seats 130) 28 ,(seats two) 23 (seats 184 covering) 22 .feb on place .(seats three) 7 march and main the by electioneering intensive and been has it far so united the party, janata bhartiya extremist hindu the contedners, atal leaders, respective their by spearheaded congress, the and front .gandhi sonia and gujral vajpayee, behari entry the been has electioneering the of feature dramatic most the rajiv premier indian former of wife italy-born the gandhi, sonia of political of years seven about after politics into gandhi, .hybernation tv satellite private past, the from change perceptible is what in coverage extensive given have news, star and bbc including channels, .polls the to election second a with faced people, of involvement the however, .low-key been best at has years, two within ma/ms/rr end