Polling began on Wednesday for the high-profile Tehri Lok Sabha seat in Uttarakhand amid high security.
The stage is set for a close contest between scions of two powerful political families today, as Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna's son and Congress nominee Saket Bahuguna locks horns with Bharatiya Janata Party's Mala Raj Laxmi Shah, a member of the erstwhile Tehri royal family.
Men and women have turned in large numbers to exercise their voting franchise at the polling booths spread over the three districts of Dehradun, Tehri and Uttarkashi.
A total of 11,85,606 voters including 5,63,845 women will decide the fate of 14 candidates in the fray for the by poll. 2011 polling booths have been set up out of which 334 have been identified as hyper sensitive and 311 as sensitive taking note of which elaborate security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident.
The by poll was necessitated after Chief Minister Bahuguna resigned from the seat following his victory from Sitarganj Assembly constituency.
Both the Congress and the BJP looks forward to a victory here for they have put in maximum efforts during the last 15 days to maximise their chances.