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Gole Market

The nation?s first citizen will be the biggest of the many VIPs who will cast their vote at Gole Market, the constituency of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2003 14:08 IST

The nation’s first citizen will be the biggest of the many VIPs who will cast their vote at Gole Market.

President APJ Abdul Kalam’s name has been recently included in the voters’ list for the seat. “There will be two polling booths inside the President’s estate and he will cast his vote in one of them,” said an official at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. Kalam was earlier a voter at the Malviya Nagar seat.

Like the President, Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor too received his voter’s identity card for Gole Market recently.

Several well known leaders who stay in the Gole Market assembly area, however, are not voters at the seat. Among this group are Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani. “Apparently their names are in the rolls of the constituencies from where they contest the Lok Sabha elections,” said the official.

A dozen union ministers’ names feature in the voters' list for Gole Market. They include Sharad Yadav, Sangh Priya Gautam, Rajiv Pratap Rudi and Jaswant Singh.

Most Delhi MPs live in Gole Market, but their names don’t feature in the list. Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma and Outer Delhi MLAs will cast their votes in Shalimar Bagh. Union Minister of State and Chandni Chowk MP Vijay Goel will vote at Chandni Chowk — his constituency. East Delhi MP Lal Bihari Tiwari’s name is in the list of the Gonda assembly seat.

Poll panel eye on ‘nomination yatras’

The Chief Electoral Officer has ordered videography of the filing of nomination papers. EC rules do not permit the use of more than three vehicles per nominee, and the order is an attempt to ensure they are abided by.

The problem that deputy commissioners (who have been tasked with carrying out the order) may face, however, is with zeroing in on vehicles that carry no visible signs of being part of a candidate’s ‘nomination yatra’ (flags, banners, etc.).