LS polls: 47% polling till 1 pm in Chhattisgarh

Over 47 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm in Chhattisgarh's three Lok Sabha seats on Thursday as people braved the scorching summer heat to come out and exercise their franchise, an official said.

Voting in the second phase of polling in the state began at 7 am in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund Lok Sabha seats, all having Naxal presence, amid tight security, the official at the state election office said.

"Around 47.02 per cent voting has been recorded till 1 pm," he said, adding that long queues of voters were seen at several polling booths.

According to police, except for the IED (improvised explosive device) blast triggered by Maoists in Mohla-Manpur Assembly segment of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, no other untoward incident was reported in the poll-bound areas.

A massive security blanket of around 60,000 personnel, and drones, has been thrown around the three constituencies for polls, they said.

(with news agency inputs)