With rain forecast, weather officials ask Karnataka to vote early

Bengaluru: Large parts of Karnataka could continue to have light to moderate rainfall accompanied by gusty winds, the weather department has said in its forecast where voting for the assembly election started at 7 am.

Officials suggest it would be best for the state's five crore voters to get out early.

"We are expecting light to moderate rainfall in Karnataka tomorrow (Saturday). At isolated places, we are expecting heavy rainfall, accompanied with high-speed winds," CS Patil of the met department said, according to news agency ANI. He added that most of the rain was expected in the later part of the day.

According to a five-day warning put out by the met department, 23 of Karnataka's 30 districts could have thunderstorm with gutsy places at isolated places.

The seven districts that are not expected to have any rainfall are Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir, Bidar, Uttara Kannada, Udipi and Dakshin Kannada.

On Friday night, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had asked the party's polling booth teams to "remain alert" and "help voters facing difficulties in reaching polling booths tomorrow".

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