Ranchi | Jagran News Desk: As the polling for the first phase began in Jharkhand, the Naxals on Saturday blow up a bridge in Bishunpur in Gumla district. However, no injuries have been reported and the voting process has not been affected, said Deputy commissioner Shashi Ranjan.

This comes hours after Union Home Minister appealed the voters to vote for a "stable decision-making government" in poll-bound Jharkhand so as to defeat corruption and Naxalism and also to maintain the pace of development in the state.

"To form a stable government and to make Jharkhand free from corruption and Naxalism, a government elected by majority needs to be formed. I appeal to all the voters voting in the first phase to contribute to keep Jharkhand on the path of development by voting in maximum numbers," said Shah in a tweet earlier. 

Earlier, Chief Minister Raghubar Das also appealed the people to turnout in large numbers for the first phase of polls in Jharkhand. "Today is the first phase of Jharkhand Assembly Polls. I appeal to all to vote in large numbers. Your one vote is important for the development of the state," he said in a tweet. 

The Voting for the 13 constituencies in Jharkhand began at 7.00 am on Saturday and will end at 3.00 pm. The constituencies where polling is taking place are -- Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur.  

Over 37 lakh electorate, who are eligible to exercise their franchise, will decide the electoral fortune of 189 candidates, including 15 women candidates in the first phase of Assembly elections, said Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vinay Kumar Choubey on Friday.

Security has been beefed up in these constituencies and adequate arrangements have been made at all polling booths.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma