Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee waves to supporters outside her residence in Kolkata June 2, 2010. A major ally in India’s coalition government won municipal elections in the swing state of West Bengal on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the ruling Congress party in a possible voter backlash over high inflation. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
J. Jayalalithaa, leader of Anna Dravida Munetra Khazhgam (AIADMK) greets her supporters from the balcony of her residence after winning state election in the southern Indian city of Chennai May 13, 2011. India’s beleaguered ruling coalition won some respite after a key ally overturned three decades of communist rule in West Bengal’s state election on Friday, but it suffered a huge loss in another poll as graft scandals hit government support. In Tamil Nadu, the regional DMK party and ruling Congress party ally were decimated. The party was linked to a $39 billion telecoms scam that paralysed Singh’s government and hit foreign investment in Asia’s third-largest economy. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS)
Mayawati, chief minister of India’s Uttar Pradesh state and a prime ministerial candidate from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), shows her ink-marked finger after casting her ballot at a polling booth in the northern Indian city of Lucknow April 30, 2009. Millions of Indians began voting in the third round of a general election on Thursday in several states seen as key to the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s bid to win power from the Congress-led ruling coalition. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar (INDIA ELECTIONS POLITICS)
Hindu nationalists gaining strength

Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE — India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to the polls yesterday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a...