India, Oct. 21 -- Rains hit polling in many areas of Kerala and Maharashtra, where assembly elections and by-polls are being held on Monday, officials said.

Heavy rains disrupted polling in many areas in Kerala, where by-polls are being held on five assembly constituencies.

In Kerala the by-elections are being held in Vattiyoorkavu assembly constituency in Thiruvananthapuram, Konni in Pathanamthitta, Aroor in Alapuzha, Ernakulam and Manjeshwar in Kasaragod.

Four of these seats fell vacant after legislators were elected to Parliament-K Muralidharan from Kozhikode, Adoor Prakash from Attingal, Hibi Eden from Ernakulam-all Congress and the CPI(M)'s lone MP from Alapuzha AM Arif.

The death of Manjeshwar's sitting MLA Abdul Razak, a Muslim...