India, Oct. 21 -- Polling began in Maharashtra on Monday as electors started coming to vote in the 288 assembly constituencies across the western state since 7am.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis urged voters to exercise their right to franchise.

"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," the Prime Minister tweeted in the morning.

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