Nature decides poll in Guj
Despite the electoral process being modernised by inclusion of modern gadgetry like the EVMs, the elections to 26 parliamentary seats in Gujarat which ended today, have proved that nature can still wreck carefully drafted plans.
The mercury which touched 42 degree Celsius compelled people to remain in door in most of the parts of urban areas where the turnout was "quite low".
For once Congress and BJP, forgot their political acrimony and did not object to the activities of its rival.
Youths wearing saffron T-shirts with "Lotus" printed on them and Congress supporters distributed water pouches to thirsty voters, especially the senior citizens oppressed by the heat while waiting for their turn to vote.
The volunteers also came forward to guide those who did not know the way to their polling station.
Congress, which is banking on the minority community and senior citizen's votes to enter the portals of the Lok Sabha, hired hundreds of autorickshaws to ferry the electorates.
The Supreme Court's decision yesterday, asking states and union territories to facilitate the casting of franchises by the differently abled, also was immediately complied with, when a 59-year-old handicapped N V Prasad was provided a wheel chair to vote in Vadodara.
Some voters had a harrowing time, when they found their names missing from the voters list, preventing them from performing their constituional duty.
Fakira Bibi, a resident of Naroda Patiya on the outskirts of the walled city, had to shuttle between two booths unable to find her name in the voters list.