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Inked fingers get discount on food, liquor and jewellery

Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times  Shimla, May 07, 2014
First Published: 19:07 IST(7/5/2014) | Last Updated: 19:11 IST(7/5/2014)

If you got yourself inked, you can avail discounts on food and jewellery shops in the state’s capital.

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Ashiana, a restaurant on the busy Chota Shimla Square, is offering special discounts for inked fingers on the food and confectionery items. “We are offering discounts to those who will come to the restaurant with inked fingers. We have done this to encourage the voters. The restaurant is offering 10-20 per cent discounts on food items till May 10,” said Ravinder Chaddha, owner, Ashiana.
 
The restaurant, which has a bar on the upper floor, also has special offer for Bacchus lovers. “We have offered special discounts on the all types of drinks. The offer is valid only for today,” said Chaddha, adding that the discounts will be offered only after 6 pm.

In wake of polling, the election commission had ordered closure of all bars and liquor vends across the state. “Every vote contributes towards stronger democracy. It’s a good gesture by the restaurant owner. I believe that not only one but every shopkeeper should have offered discounts to encourage voting,” said Suresh Dogra, a resident of Chota Shimla, adding, “Being a holiday, I enjoyed sumptuous lunch with my friends at the restaurant.”

Meanwhile, Mahashe Jewellers, a jewellery shop on the Mall Road, has started special scheme for buyers, giving them special coins with ‘Vote for India’ engraved on it.

"I want everyone to vote for India and our firm has prepared 1000 coins with "Vote for India' engraved on it," said Kapil Mahashe, adding that the scheme will start from tomorrow.

“This scheme has no time limit. Customers with inked fingers buying ornaments and jewellery will be given free “Vote for India” silver coins. This gesture is part of my social responsibility towards the society city, state and country,” he said.

Shimla Deputy Commissioner Shimla Dinesh Maklhotra, who is returning officer for Shimla parliamentary seat, had thrown this idea of offering discounts to the business community, but only few came forward to encourage the voters.

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