Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the people of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry to 'vote in record numbers' in the assembly elections which he termed as 'festival of democracy'.

Polling is being held for 232 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 in Kerala and 30 in Puduchery.

The BJP is yet to make significant impact in the polls in these states. The state BJP hopes that Narendra Modi's tweet will give them boost to put up a good show this time, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Tamil Nadu witnessed brisk polling in 232 Assembly constituencies today with over 18 per cent voters exercising their franchise by 9 am.

According to a senior electoral official, 18.3 per cent voters had cast their votes. Election Commission had deferred polling in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur following allegations of bribing of voters.