As polling is underway in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry for Assembly elections, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday urged voters to cast their votes.
In a tweet, Rahul said: "Do cast your votes today - India is counting on you." AICC general secretary Priyanka also requested people to vote in large numbers for a "strong, progressive and prosperous future".
"As polling begins in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, I request my sisters and brothers to go out and vote in large numbers and ensure a strong, progressive and prosperous future for themselves," she tweeted.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also appealed to the voters in four states and one Union Territory to exercise their franchise in record numbers.
Polling began at 7 am on Tuesday for one of the busiest days in the ongoing Assembly election in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Polling is being held for a total of 475 of the total 824 assembly constituencies across the four states and UT.