Mumbai: Indian shares are expected to fall for the second consecutive session on Tuesday, with investors wary ahead of the election results in the crucial northern state of Uttar Pradesh.   

The results expected by noon (0630 GMT) would give clues on the Congress-led federal coalition's ability to push through stalled reforms to boost flagging growth in Asia's third-largest economy.   

Market sentiment is also likely to be dented by weaker regional markets, as slowing economies in China and Europe and tension over Iran triggered profit booking after the recent rally.    

Tata Communications will be watched after sources told Reuters the company is seeking $2 billion in term loans to finance a potential bid for London-listed Cable & Wireless Worldwide.    

Hindalco Industries will also be on the radar after its U.S. unit and aluminum products maker Novelis Inc said it was selling three foil-manufacturing plants in Europe to focus on premium product markets.

At 0250 GMT, the MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was down 1.2 percent, while Japan fell 0.4 percent and South Korea was down 1.1 percent.   

The Nifty India stock futures in Singapore were down 0.5 percent.   

India's benchmark 30-share index fell 1.55 percent on Monday to 17,362.87, its lowest close in more than a month.