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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, December 04, 2013
Various social networking sites today buzzed with 'selfies' of inked fingers and comments of voters ranging from seasoned politicians to those who cast their votes for the first time at the Delhi Assembly polls. Young voters, mostly first timers, said it was "cool" to upload pictures of their left index fingers marked in bright purple, proof that they cast their votes.

"I uploaded it because it shows that I have practised my right and have contributed something to the nation," said Manisha Garg, an engineer, who voted for the first time.

Others too said they wanted to "show-off" on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networking sites about their presence in polling booths, notching up comments and likes on their statuses.

Mayank Kashyap, a young voter said, he had a special reason to uploading the "got inked" picture. "It's the pride and satisfaction of contributing to fulfilling the dream of having a clean and non-corrupt country."

Some voters said they believed that such statuses and images encourage others to go and exercise their franchise.

"These things encourage one's peers to vote. It's like he went, I should too" said Aditi Kath, a young entrepreneur, who put up an inked finger as her 'WhatsApp' display picture.

And then were other voters, like Subodh Dahiya, a second -time voter who went with the trend for particular reason. "I didn't have a special reason to put the picture or make a status regarding voting. I did it just like that," he said.

Prior to the polling the Delhi Election Commision had roped in Bollywood actor Soha Ali Khan, cricketer Virat Kohli and TV actress Toral Rasputra as its brand ambassadors for a multimedia campaign, "Dil me hai Dilli, vote karenge."

Posters and billboards of Virat Kohli displaying his inked finger urged people to "Teeka lagao matdaan ka".

Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit was clicked showing off their purple mark on the left index finger while her right hand sported a victory sign. Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi waved to photographers showing off the back of her left hand.

Photographs of BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan and AAP Chief Ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal also streamed in various networking sites like Facebook and Twitter after casting their votes.

Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi accompanied by her husband Robert Vadra also turned up to vote and flashed their inked fingers.

A Twitter user posted "The best makeup for anyone today in Delhi - An inked finger and a clear conscience."

A poster for a south Delhi mall urged voters to show proof their voting and earn concessions upto 5 per cent.

Another twitter user comment summed up the mood that your vote may or may not change Dilli but your profile picture can surely be changed with an inked finger!

One user commented "My friend list looks more like Angulimaal's necklace, with most of the people having profile picture of their finger with ink on it."