Nitansh Garg, a youth who hails from Chandigarh and works at Cognizant Technology Solutions at Technopolis building in Sector V, was happy to learn that his company had declared a holiday when Kolkata, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas went to the polls on Wednesday.
Getting a day off in the middle of the week being a rare phenomenon, Garg made plans to visit shopping malls and spending the day outside home with his family. He set out for Hometown in Rajarhat New Town as it was quite close to his house at Salt Lake. But like everything else, Hometown was closed on Wednesday and he had to return disappointed.
While returning home, Garg was intercepted by policemen and personnel of Central Paramilitary Force (CPF) who were manning a check post at the junction of Rajarhat New Town and Salt Lake Sector V. The police and CPF checked his identity and let him go.
Garg said, "I don't have my name in the voter list here because I am from Chandigarh. I expected that the shopping complex would remain open. But that did not happen and so I will have to spend the rest of the day at home."
His wife Shikha Garg, who works for Tech Mahindra, said that all her plans for shopping were
Similarly, Manoj Dey and his wife Dipannita Dey, residents of New Town, were intercepted by the cops. They showed their Epic cards and told the police that they were going to cast their votes in Sealdah region in Kolkata.
More than 90% of IT companies in Sector V declared a holiday on Wednesday. According to Suparno Moitra, eastern region head of Nasscom, almost all the companies decided to declare a holiday because primarily they wanted the employees to cast their votes.
President of Sector V Industries Forum and managing director of Descon, S Radhakrishnan, said, "The only offices that had to operate were mainly BPOs." With most of eateries closed in Sector V, only one pizza selling company served as a lifeline for those who were working.