Rains Play Spoilsport in Maharashtra, Kerala

    Heavy rains lashed several parts of Maharashtra and Kerala as polling began in the two states on Monday morning. Braving heavy downpour, early voters queued up at polling stations in the five assembly constituencies in Kerala to cast their franchise.

    In Maharashtra, areas in south Konkan, western and south central parts, and Latur and Osmanabad districts in Marathwada region witnessed drizzle early morning, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. As voting began at 7 am, Mumbai and its suburbs saw overcast sky after drizzle for last two days.

    The IMD has predicted thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds at isolated places in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Beed and Osmanabad districts on Monday.

    Kerala voters braved heavy rain this morning to cast their vote in bypolls for five Assembly seats in the state. Nearly 10 lakh people are eligible to vote in the election, which was necessitated because MLAs holding four of the five seats were elected to parliament in Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year. A bypoll for the fifth seat was necessary because of the death of the MLA holding the seat.

    The five Assembly constituencies where voting is happening are Vatiyoorkavu, Aroor, Konni, Ernakulam and Manjeswaram. According to early reports there is heavy rainfall in four of the five constituencies; there is little to no rain in Manjeswaram.



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