Bhopal, Oct 30 (UNI) Peaceful polling was in progress for the Assembly byelection to Lanji constituency in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat district was in progress as nearly 12 per cent of the 1.21 lakh electorate, including 60,196 female, exercised their franchise in the first two hours after polling started at 0700 hrs today.
No untoward incident had been reported so far in 148 polling booths, where tight security arrangements were in place as the area was affected by Naxalite activities, state election office said.
Five companies of Central Reserve Police Force and three of the Special Armed Force have been deployed in the constituency, where 86 booths were declared sensitive.
Lanji seat fell vacant due to the death of former minister Dilip Bhatere(BJP), whose wife Dhareshwari Bhatere is in the fray as BJP nominee in a 19-cornered contest with Congress candidate Bhagwat Bhau Nagpure as her main rival.
Other prominent candidates include Janata Party's Kankar Munjare, Badhuram Devgadhe of Bharatiya Jan Shakti and Gondwana Gantantra Party's Rajeshwar Choudhary.
Counting will take place on November 3.