Mumbai, Oct 15 :
Voting for the 288 assembly constituencies in Maharashtra began Wednesday morning.
Along with the assembly election, the bypoll to the Beed parliamentary seat is also being held.
Tight security has been deployed at all the 91,376 polling stations across the state, including more than 9,900 classified as “hyper-sensitive”.
An electorate of around 8.35 crore is eligible to cast their votes to select their legislators from 4,119 candidates, including 276 women, in the fray.
The Beed bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MP, union minister Gopinath Munde, in June.
The polling started at 7 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m.
Polling for 90 assembly seats in Haryana began Wednesday morning.
Voters could be seen queued up at some polling stations even before the official start time of 7 a.m.
Over 1.63 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.
Polling will be held at 16,357 polling centres between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
There are 1,351 candidates in the fray, including a record 109 women. Most seats are witnessing multi-cornered contests this time.
The main contest is between the ruling Congress, the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).