CHENNAI, India (AP) — Legislative elections are taking place in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu where the ruling regional party faces a test of its popularity after one of its leaders was involved in a multibillion dollar telecommunications scandal.
The ruling DMK party is an ally of India’s ruling Congress Party.
Although a loss for the DMK in the state will not affect the fortunes of the Congress Party, it will further tarnish the image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government, already tainted by a string of corruption scandals.
Voting was also under way Wednesday for legislative elections in neighboring Kerala and Pondicherry states. The results are expected to be announced on May 13.