Elaborate security arrangements in place ahead of vote counting in Mumbai

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Mumbai, Oct.21 (ANI): Ahead of the vote counting on Thursday, elaborate security arrangements have been made in Mumbai which underwent State Assembly polls in Maharashtra two weeks ago on Oct. 13.

The results are likely to impact the political fate of Congress party and National Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena (SS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the new Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in near future.

Security has been beefed up and the police have made elaborate arrangements to tackle any mishap, ahead of the vote counting day here.

The counting of votes in the three states of Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh and Haryana will be held on Thursday (October 22).

Director General of Maharashtra police, S.S. Virk, has assured that the vote counting will go on peacefully.

"The arrangements have been made keeping in mind all kinds of situations. Like the elections went on smoothly and peacefully, in the same manner the vote counting will be completed without any problems," Virk told media.

Maoists and police exchanged fire near a polling booth in the forested, rebel stronghold of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra State where they killed 17 police personnel recently.

The assembly elections, seen as a key test of the ruling Congress party's popularity since its landslide national win in May, were conducted in the three states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh on October 13. (ANI)

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