The strictness adopted by the Election Commission (EC) has brought smiles on the faces of the poor voters, particularly the Dalits. This was evident when 65-year-old Bala and his family members decided to cast their votes on Monday without fear.
Bala and his family members, residents of Akohia village, had their names on the voters' list a long back. But they had hardly had any chance to cast their votes, as the musclemen belonging to different political parties used to terrorise them and prevent them from going to polling booths.
In 1996, they dared to reach the polling booth at Ramkot, but just as they reached there, they had come to know that their votes were already cast. Their complaints about it fell on deaf ears.
Similar is the case of Ram Kali and her family members, residents of Aurangabad village in Misrikh constituency. The members of this family could not even dare to visit the polling booth. Now, they think that they will be able to cast their votes without any fear.
Similarly, Dulare, a resident of Makhuapur in Khairabad, is happy with the Election Commission's strict security arrangements. Earlier, Dalit families could not cast their votes.
However, the people belonging to upper caste, have not issued any instruction to Dalits to cast their votes in favour of any political party. On the contrary, the upper caste people requested them to cast their votes fearlessly.
Likewise, Santosh, a resident of Prevajal village and Ram Manohar of Khanipur, were happy as they don't have to vote as per the diktats of the musclemen belonging to the upper caste. They said it was because of the presence of central forces that the upper caste people could not send their musclemen to terrorise the Dalit voters.