Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the weeks-long general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

Voting began April 7 and runs through May 12, with results for Parliament's 543-seat lower house to be announced four days later. Among the 13 states voting Thursday was Chhattisgarh, now the center of a four-decade insurgency.

With bombings, ambushes, and hit-and-run raids, rebels aim to spark a peasant revolt as they accuse the government and corporations of plundering resources and stomping on the rights of the poor. But authorities say there are signs the rebels have waning support - including the lines of voters in rebel strongholds. - AP