India holds second phase of general election

The second phase of voting has taken place for the Indian general election. Nearly one billion people are eligible in what is the world's largest democratic vote.

The election is being carried out in a staggered system, with constituencies divided into seven different polling dates.

Nearly 90 of the 543 electoral districts voted in the second phase on Friday. They include those in the eastern state of Bihar and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where long lines formed outside of polling stations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party is looking to win his third term in office. The opposition alliance is centered around the Indian National Congress party.

Economic policy is one of the main issues for voters, with young people calling for greater employment.

A voter in Bihar said he voted on the issue of unemployment because he does not have a job, adding that whoever leads the government should create opportunities for the youth.

One student who had just cast her vote said she supported a party that focuses on employment and education.

The BJP argues that India's economy has thrived under Modi's leadership, with gross domestic product growing to be the world's fifth largest. But the opposition alliance says the administration has allowed wealth inequality to grow.

The final phase of the election ends on June 1. Votes will be counted simultaneously on June 4.