Equity benchmark indices opened higher on Friday led by a rally in heavyweight stocks like Reliance Industries, HDFC and ITC.
However, investors remained cautious ahead of the exit polls on May 19.
Meanwhile, Asian equities were mixed. While Japan's Nikkei bounced 1.5 per cent, Shanghai stocks slipped amid the fallout from US President Donald Trump's move to block China's Huawei Technologies from buying vital American technology.
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