Paramilitary soldier interrogates a civilian on a deserted street in Srinagar. Shops, business and government offices were closed in many parts of Kashmir in response to a strike called by separatists against the ongoing national elections.
BJP candidate from Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency Varun Gandhi favours revival of his father Sanjay Gandhi's controversial sterilisation policy and wants "compulsory military service" for all Indians.
BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani solving a Sudoku puzzle in his special aircraft on the way to Bhopal from Chennai. Advani exuded confidence that his party would go far ahead of the Congress and emerge as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha elections.
Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla shows his finger as he comes out after casting vote at the Nirman Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi. A clerical error in the voters' list created some confusion when Chawla found out that his residential address in the voters' list was wrong.
A paramilitary soldier interrogates civilians on a deserted street in Srinagar. Shops, businesses and government offices were closed in response to a strike called by separatists against the ongoing national elections. Polling in the Muslim-dominated parts of the state started last week and will continue on May 7 and 13.
Wooing the Left parties, Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference, "I am confident that the Left will support Manmohan Singh government. I am confident that the Left would rather have a Congress Prime Minister."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Congress party leaders at an election rally in New Delhi. Seen from left to right are party leaders Sandeep Dikshit, Bahubal Mishra, New Delhi state Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Ajay Maken.
A student demonstrates against the general elections, inside the Kashmir university campus in Srinagar. Separatists have rejected all previous elections in the disputed Himalayan region as an exercise by the Indian government to widen its control over the restive area, but residents have largely ignored calls for boycotts.
India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party supporters listen to party leader Narendra Modi, unseen, addressing a rally in Faridabad. The five phases of polling ends May 13, and results are expected May 16.