Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted people of Tripura to come out in record numbers to exercise their franchise for the state Assembly Elections.

Polling for Tripura Assembly elections began at 7am amid tight security.

I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Tripura, particularly young voters, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote in the Assembly Elections; tweeted PM Modi.

There were signs of enthusiasm among the voters of Tripura as 27 per cent polling was recorded till 11 am on Sunday.

“Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.,” said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer.

In all, 2,536,589 people, including 1,250,128 women and 47,803 first-time voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents.

“Apprehending troubles by some tribal outfit, a record 50,000 para-military and other state security personnel have been deployed while two air surveillance team led by senior officials are conducting surveillance by helicopters,” the election official.