Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged people to turn out in record number to vote in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls, and hoped that youngsters too cast their ballots.
"Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra Assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers," Modi tweeted.
Polling began in the two BJP-ruled states at 7 a.m. on Monday.
By-polls in 64 Assembly seats in 17 states and one Union Territory are also underway along with that in the Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar.
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