India's most populous state goes to the polls
Local election seen as mid-term report card on federal government amid allegations of corruption.
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 11:04

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, is going to the polls on Wednesday to pick members of the state government.

A sixth of the country's voters live in the state and how they vote locally matters nationally.

The state has 80 seats in the national parliament, and a good showing here is crucial for the national ruling coalition's grip on power.

The election is also being seen as a mid-term report card on the country's federal government which has been accused of corruption.

Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from Noida.

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