- 40 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, 22 in Manipur vote today
- Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Thoubal in Manipur in prime focus
- Counting of votes for these Assembly polls scheduled for March 11
Yesterday, Manipur was hit by a bomb blast that left two persons wounded. "Helicopters were used to airlift polling officials, security personnel for the hard-to-access polling stations in the hill areas," said state Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan.
In Uttar Pradesh, Naxal-affected districts of Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli, along with the five Assembly segments under Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, will be in prime focus. Ghazipur, Jaunpur and Bhadoi are the other districts going to polls in this phase. Tight security has been put in place in these seven districts.
Counting of votes polled in the Assembly polls will be done on March 11. Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm in all constituencies, except the Naxal-hit Duddhi, Robertsganj and Chakia seats in Uttar Pradesh, where polling will end at 4 pm.
Thoubal is the most keenly watched seat in Manipur where BJP is eyeing the 10 seats. It has been three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's bastion for the last 15 years.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)