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18/12/2014 7:41 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Snapshots From The Jammu and Kashmir Elections

Millions of people will cast their votes in the five phase assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, even as most pro-independence groups have asked people to boycott the polls starting on November 25 and ending on December 20.

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Elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, held two months after the devastating flood in September, had a record turn out of voters.

Campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an audacious bid for power in the Muslim majority state, which has been wracked by a violent militancy for Kashmir's independence for the past two decades.

With an estimated 300,000 troops on the ground, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most heavily militarised regions in the world.

The BJP has set its sights on winning more than 44 seats in the assembly to secure power in the state.

The day of counting the votes is on Dec. 23, 2014.

Here are some moments from the elections.

SUMBAL, KASHMIR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 25, 2014: A child looks upon as Kashmiri women voters wait in queue outside a polling station in Sumbal. Millions of people will cast their votes in the five phase assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, even as most pro-independence groups have asked people to boycott the polls starting on November 25 and ending on December 20.

SUMBAL, KASHMIR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 25, 2014: Kashmiri men and women wait in queue outside a polling station in Sumbal.

KULGAM, INDIA - December 2: Kashmiri Muslim women queue outside a polling station in Kulgam, about 70 kms from the capital Srinagar. Kashmir headed to the 2nd phase of the polls under tight security.

KULGAM, KASHMIR, INDIA - December 2, 2014: An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) solider stands guard as young Kashmiri Muslim children stand outside a polling station during the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections.

KULGAM, KASHMIR, INDIA - December 2, 2014: Indian policemen clash with Kashmiri Muslim protesters during the second phase of elections.

KULGAM, KASHMIR, INDIA - December 2, 2014: Security forces stand guard while polling officials wait for the voters inside a deserted polling station during the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections.

KULGAM, INDIA - December 2, 2014: Children of a voter wait outside a polling booth as their mother (not seen in the picture) awaits her turn to cast her vote.

KULGAM, INDIA - DECEMBER 2, 2014: A Kashmiri woman casting her ballot at a polling station in Kulgam.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - DECEMBER 3, 2014: A Kashmiri child waves the flag of PDP during the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally in Hazartabal area of Srinagar.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - DECEMBER 3, 2014: Children react to the camera during the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally in Hazartabal area of Srinagar.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - DECEMBER 3, 2014: Supporters of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (not in picture), former Chief Minister of Kashmir and patron of Kashmir's main opposition political party, the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP), shout party slogans during a campaign rally in Hazartabal area of Srinagar.

SRINAGAR, INDIA - DECEMBER 3, 2014: Supporters listen to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (not in picture) during a campaign rally in Hazartabal area of Srinagar.

SRINAGAR, INDIA - DECEMBER 08, 2014: A Kashmiri child along with her brother stands in a queue as they wait to enter Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium where India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally. Modi addressed an election campaign rally ahead of local elections in Kashmir, to boost his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win a first-ever majority in the troubled Muslim-majority region.

SRINAGAR, INDIA - DECEMBER 08, 2014: Kashmiri men wearing masks of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) caps, walk towards Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium where India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a campaign rally.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - DECEMBER 08, 2014: Kashmiri men stand in queue as they wait to enter Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium where India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a campaign rally in Srinagar.

TRAL, INDIA - DECEMBER 9, 2014: An Indian Paramilitary soldier stands guard outside a polling station in Tral, about 45 kms from the capital Srinagar. Kashmir headed to the third phase of state assembly polls under tight security.

TRAL, INDIA - DECEMBER 9, 2014: Kashmiri children look upon as Indian Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside a polling station in Tral.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INIDA - DECEMBER 11, 2014: Kashmiri supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raise their hands and shout party slogans during an election rally in Srinagar. The rally was addressed by BJP President Amit Shah.

SRINAGAR, INDIA - DECEMBER 14, 2014: Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard in a deserted polling station during the fourth phase of polls in capital Srinagar.