Maharashtra Assembly polls: Sidelights from across Mumbai

Here are some interesting incidents from across Mumbai on polling day

Biryani or Pulao to keep party workers happy

Political parties are keeping their workers happy by feeding them pulao, chicken biryani or mutton biryani. Political parties distributed boxes of food items in silver packet foils to their supporters manning the tables guiding voters outside the poll booths. While this delicious lunch served to the party workers around 1 to 2 pm across Mumbai is sure to keep them going till 6 pm.

Straight from the hospital

Babloo KhanBabloo Khan (40), who recently underwent surgery, came out to cast his vote even though his family was not happy about him leaving the hospital. Babloo Khan got inked at the Malwani voting centre

290 bogus voting I-cards recovered

290 bogus voting I-cards were recovered in Mumbai’s Bandra suburb. The fake identity cards were seized from Bandra West constituency (177 assembly constituency), opposite Hotel Rang Sharda.

Sameer Rai, an independent candidate, observed some suspicious activity taking place inside a tent and immediately seized the papers.

People present on the spot alleged that a poster of Congress candidate Baba Siddiqui was put up at the site.

Two people have been arrested and the Bandra Police was immediately informed and an FIR filed.

The Election Commission has also asked the Bandra Police to investigate the matter.

Handicap voters having trouble at polling centres

Handicapped persons vote
Physically challenged people faced trouble at the polling centres due to stairs 

Salma Saiyad (60), a physically challenged person, also cast her vote at a polling centre at Ghatkopar's Hindi High School. A chair meant to carry such people was made available; however, there was no one to take her to the first floor of the centre. When authorities were asked, they simply refused to do anything saying there is no staff there. Later after much difficulty she was taken to the first floor in a lift present in the school building.

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