Maharashtra Assembly Polls: Mumbai's northwest gets thumbs up for poll management
Voters happy with the help provided by school students who were present at some polling booths; seniors got help finding their names on voting lists and assistance with wheelchairs
While many voters had faced problems like names missing from the voting list during the Lok Sabha elections, this time it seems the state election commission (SEC) has been able to manage the process in a better way. Apart from a few glitches here and there, voting at six assembly constituencies of Mumbai northwest went off smoothly.
According to the SEC figures, of the six constituencies in Mumbai northwest, Andheri West recorded 39.99 per cent turnout, Andheri East 50.98 per cent, Versova 42.46 per cent, Goregaon 42.49 per cent, Jogeshwari East 48.85 per cent and Dindoshi 53.12 per cent.
The students who helped senior citizens at Vidyanidhi School
To ensure that senior citizens were not inconvenienced, school students were present at some of the polling booths to assist them.
At the Vidyanidhi School polling centre in Juhu, five Std IX students – Sujal Chipte, Shashikant Chorge, Kunal Rewale, Sameer Chavan and Akshat Kadam – were spotted helping senior citizens. Speaking to mid-day, Rewale said, "Since morning my friends and I are helping senior citizens find their names in the voting list. We also provided wheelchairs to some of them."
First time voter Prathamesh Kawde
First time voter Prathamesh Kawde from Versova constituency said, "I am proud to cast my vote for the first time as it is our responsibility to elect eligible public representatives who will address the problems of our constituency." Proper arrangements were in place to address voters' queries and also to help senior citizens with ramps and wheelchairs.
Shanta Bhadarka, whose name was missing from the voting list, faced a lot of difficulties at the polling booth in Gyan Kendra of Versova constituency.
Aarey Milk Colony voter Uday Sangle
He said, "Despite being a regular voter for more than 30 years, my name is missing from the list. I faced the same problem during the Lok Sabha elections."
Heavy police bandobast was in place at all the polling booths in northwest and help centres had also been set up.
Shanta Bhadarka, whose name was missing from the list
In Aarey Milk Colony of Jogeshwari East constituency more arrangements were made anticipating rain. Voter Udya Sangle said, "We were fearing a lot of inconvenience due to rain but the election commission had made the best of arrangements."
Kamal Raut couldn't wait to cast her vote
91-year-old delighted to vote
While 40 per cent of the people chose not to venture out to vote, Kamal Kashinath Raut, 91, couldn't wait to make her way to the polling booth. When the Borivli resident's son Pradeep, a former Tata Power and Rajasthan SC cricketer, asked his mother whether she would vote, he got an emphatic yes. Pradeep brought his mother down in a chair from their third floor residence and then accompanied her in a vehicle to the polling booth. A wheelchair at the Anandibai Kale School helped her get in, but not before cheers and gestures of respect, right from the guard at the gate to the election staff.
First-timer votes for the 'lesser evil'
Twenty three-year-old Disha Duggal was proud to cast her vote at the St Anne's School in Pali Hill for the first time. Duggal had missed out on voting earlier, as she was studying in Pune. When she arrived at the polling centre, she found no crowds and the process went off smoothly.
Suman and her husband KT Singh
Poll officer's on ground experience
After watching others vote for the past two decades, 47-year-old Suman Singh was thrilled to finally vote like everyone else for the first time. Singh, an assistant headmistress at a school, had been on election duty for the past 24 years. Husband KT Singh came with her.
Modi arrived to a grand welcome in Mumbai on Friday. He was in the city to address a joint rally with BJP-NDA and Shiv Sena leaders at the MMRDA grounds in BKC.
In photo: PM Narendra Modi greets the crowd at BKC
Before landing in Mumbai, Modi took to Twitter and shared a stunning photo captured from his flight, Modi said, "Reached Mumbai. About to address a rally in this vibrant city. Here’s a photo of the spectacular sky while on the way to Mumbai."
Several people thronged the MMRDA grounds in BKC to the PM address them.
In photo: BJP supporters wait for Modi's arrival.
In photo: Modi, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale greet the crowd.
While addressing the crowd, Narendra Modi said the Congress government did not do justice with the victims' families of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Modi also accused the Congress government of failing to act after the attacks took place.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis greeted Modi, as he made his way towards the podium to address the crowd, while Uddhav Thackeray and Ramdas Athawale looked on.
In picture: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray share a hearty laugh during the event.
In his speech, Modi described Mumbai as a 'city of opportunities'. Showering praises on Thackeray, Modi referred to him as his 'younger brother'.
In photo: Thackeray greets Modi and invites him to the podium to address the crowd.
In photo: Modi and Thackeray share a candid conversation as Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale watch in anticipation.
In photo: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray walks towards the podium to address the crowd after greeting PM Modi.
While addressing the crowd, Modi also lauded Fadnavis and said he has provided a stable government in the state. He said the Fadnavis government focused on the growth of the city, unlike the previous governments.
In photo: People look on as Modi addresses them at the joint rally.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray addressed a rally in Mumbai, ahead of the Assembly elections on October 21. Thousands of supporters thronged the MMRDA grounds in BKC to witness the BJP-NDA leaders address the rally.
(Photos: Ashish Rane)
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