In the biggest celebration of democracy, citizens in Dantewada, Chattisgarh turned out in large numbers to cast their votes on Thursday for a new government, two days after the ghastly Maoists attack.
Visual show people waiting outside the polling station (Booth no 139) in the village of Dugeli in Chattisgarh's Dantewada District.
On Tuesday, a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. Polling began in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency's Dantewada, where the attack took place on Thursday.
Hours after the incident, Election Commission ensured that polling will take place as per schedule in the state
"Polling will go on as per schedule," EC officials said quoting state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Subrat Sahu.
The CEO also said the collectors and SPs (superintendents of police) have been instructed to take utmost precautions over the next few days keeping in mind polling in the first phase on April 11 and second phase on April 18 in the state.
Chhattisgarh will go for polls in three phases -- April 11, April 18 and April 23.
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. A total of 1,279 candidates from 193 parties will battle off in the first phase wherein 52 incumbent Members of Parliament are trying to defend their seats.
Elections are being held in a single phase in 20 States including Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Furthermore, Assembly elections for Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh are also being held on Thursday. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
(With PTI inputs)