Mumbai Voters Head to Polls with Terror Attack in Mind
29 Apr 09 | VOA News
Nearly 14 million Mumbai residents are eligible to vote Thursday for the first time since the terror attack on India’s commercial capital, last November. Although the city’s congested roads, an influx of migrants and access to drinking water are among major concerns, many voters say at the top of their list is security. That has inspired some candidates to call for a unified national security agenda.
There was no shortage of boisterous campaign rallies and political star power in India’s financial capital, as Mumbai residents prepared to cast their first vote in a national election since the terror attacks.
Among the visiting political figures – Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Congress Party.
Mrs. Gandhi says Mumbai is the only city which knows how to smile in the face of adversity.
The Congress Party heads the national governing coalition. The main opposition party, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), has tried to paint Congress as soft on terrorism, in wake of the attacks here five months ago, in which about 170 people died. >>>