Ambulance arranged to ferry injured voter to MCA polls

Oct 19, 2013, 02:06 IST | Harit N Joshi

It was evident yesterday that every vote mattered in the biennial Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) polls, and so intense was the battle that Tehmul Dahiwala, a voter from Dadar Parsi Colony Sports Club, made his way to the MCA premises in an ambulance to cast his vote.

Dr PV Shetty, who arranged for the ambulance, told MiD DAY: “Every vote is important. He told me about his inability to come here and vote because he hurt his leg while cleaning his house. 

Tehmul Dahiwala
Dadar Parsi Colony Sports Club’s Tehmul Dahiwala arrived in an ambulance to cast his vote at the MCA polls at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate

So I decided to send an ambulance to help him cast his vote.” It is also learnt, many candidates sent their swanky SUVs and sedans to pick up voters from their residences.

Munde moves City Civil court for stay on polls
Gopinath Munde yesterday filed a legal suit in the City Civil court to grant a stay on the presidential elections of the MCA. The senior BJP leader’s candidature for the top post was rejected by the MCA president Ravi Savant who claimed Munde is not a permanent resident of Mumbai. Munde’s disqualification meant Sharad Pawar was back at the helm unopposed.

Munde, who however cast his vote, said: “I approached the court today. I have appealed to have a fresh election for the president's post. In the last election, the election officer accepted Vilasrao Deshmukh’s address as per his passport records. So why is there a change in rules this time?” Munde, who is a representative of Stylo Cricketers, claimed.

Five politicians including CM, Thackerays debut
As many as five politicians — Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan (Congress), Uddhav and his son Aditya Thackeray (Shiv Sena), Nitin Sardesai (MNS) and Gopinath Munde (BJP) — cast their vote for the first time at the MCA polls yesterday.

Chavan, who cast his vote and left, later returned to attend MCA’s Annual General Meeting. Congress leader Narayan Rane however, did not come to cast his vote. Uddhav Thackeray said: “This is the first time I have voted for a cricket association. It feels good.” 

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