Voting begins in Maharashtra

April 30th, 2009 - 9:26 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Apr 30 (IANS) Voting began amidst tight security in 10 parliamentary constituencies in Mumbai and Thane districts of Maharashtra for the final phase of elections in the state Thursday morning.
Pollign booths opened at 7 a.m. Among the early voters was industrialist Anil Ambani, who cast his vote in a south Mumbai polling centre amidst a battery of media cameras.

Over 22,000 security personnel drawn from both police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling in Mumbai.

Police have detained over 12,000 anti-social elements to ward off any trouble in the nation’s financial capital, where around 70 polling stations have been identified as “sensitive”.

The constituencies going to polls are Mumbai North, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi and Palghar.

Nearly 13.1 million people are eligible to exercise to their franchise Thursday.

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