Millions queue to vote as India state election gets under way

PATNA, INDIA (AFP) – Millions of Indians turned out to cast ballots in a state election yesterday in the world’s biggest vote since the coronavirus emerged, with booths packed out and many ignoring government advice on wearing masks and social distancing.

Some 70 million people are eligible to vote in Bihar, an impoverished eastern state governed by an alliance that includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has promised a free vaccine for every person in the state if it wins.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin