Voting for the six municipal corporations in Gujarat has begun at 7 am on Sunday. The enthusiasm to take part in the democratic process could be ascertained by the long queue of voters outside polling booths.
Union home minister Amit Shah, who despite having an extremely busy schedule, exercised his franchise in Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Similarly, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who has tested COVID-19 positive, will be flying to Rajkot from Ahmedabad to cast his vote wearing a PPE kit.
While these two public representatives have set a benchmark for people, a man in Ahmedabad on Sunday also did something unique that won hearts. The man, Dhanraj Barot, a resident of Thaltej, is going to get married today.
However, before he exchanged his vows with his would-be wife, he reached the polling booth on a mare and exercised his franchise. The man, who came to the polling booth all dressed up for his marriage along with the marriage procession, surprised many. After casting his vote, Barot along with his family and relatives left for the marriage in Himmatnagar.
Similarly, a bridegroom in Asarwa area of Ahmedabad reached the polling station on an open jeep in a royal manner. After casting the vote, the bridegroom left for his marriage. A similar scene was witnessed in Khokhra in Ahmedabad where a bridegroom arrived with his family at the polling station to exercise their voting right.
The election in six municipal corporations of Gujarat was partially affected due to malfunctioning EVMs. Long queues of voters were witnessed in polling booths since morning. However, the problem in EVMs was a dampener and voters had to wait in the queues for a longer time.
Over 43k policemen deployed
Out of the 2,276 candidates in the fray in six municipal corporations, 577 are from BJP, 566 from Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 Independents. The total number of voters in the six cities stands at 1.14 crore that includes 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women. There are 11,121 polling booths out of which 2,255 are sensitive and 1,188 are very sensitive.
Over 43,000 policemen have been deployed to maintain law and order and for the smooth conduct of elections in the six municipal corporations. It includes 25,000 personnel from regular units, 15,000 home guards and 3,000 from State Reserve Police Force (SRPF).
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