Voters queue up outside polling booths in parts of India’s Northern Uttar Pradesh State to cast their votes in the fifth round of seven-phase Elections.

A seven-phase voting is underway in Uttar Pradesh to elect a New Assembly to Govern the mostly Poor State of nearly 220 million people.

Elaborate Security Arrangements were made at polling stations to ensure free and fair polling.

Pollsters say it will be tough for the BJP to repeat its 2014 General Election performance where the Nationalist Party polled 42 percent of the vote, sweeping 71 out of 80 seats.

The Samajwadi Party, which rules in the State, is led by 43-year-Old Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The party won a majority in the last State Assembly Election, in 2012, with just 29 percent of the vote.

Yadav has formed an alliance with Rahul Gandhi of the Congress Party that, polls show, will be tough to beat.

In the third corner of the contest is Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party.

Results from Uttar Pradesh, along with Elections in the States of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, are due on March 11.

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