Three states, Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh, are going to polls today to elect new assemblies. All major national parties and some regional parties are in the fray testing their strength. The Congress party is in the ruling seat in Maharashtra and Haryana.
Security arrangements have been made by the Election Commission which has taken special measures to ensure peaceful polling.
Special security measures have been taken in Maharashtra where Naxalites struck in Gadchiroli last week, killing 17 policemen in an ambush five days before the polls. The EC has deployed 18,000 central police forces in Maharashtra alone to ensure peaceful polling.
Maharashtra has 7.58 crore eligible voters to elect 288 MLAs while Haryana has 1.31 crore voters to choose 90 legislators. Arunachal Pradesh has 7.50 lakh voters to elect 60 representatives. Counting of votes will take place on October 22.