Polling proceeded peacefully in the hill state of Uttarakhand on Monday as people queued up in the morning cold to vote for 70 assembly constituencies.
An election official demonstrates the use of Electronic Voting Machine to polling officers in Haridwar. PTI
Voting began across 9,806 polling booths at 8am on Monday, Election Commission (EC) officials said. Some 6.3 million people are
eligible to exercise their franchise.
Along with Uttarakhand, polling is taking place in Punjab.
In Uttarakhand, chief minister BC Khanduri, who replaced Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank last year after corruption allegations surfaced against him, is trying to defend the turf for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Khanduri, a BJP candidate from Kotdwar, is pitted against Congress nominee Surendra Singh Negi. Dissent within the BJP ranks could affect its prospects, party sources admit.
Former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Leader of Opposition Harak Singh Rawat and state Congress chief Yashpal Arya are also among the more than 780 candidates in the fray.
Polling will be on till 5pm.
Votes will be counted March 6.