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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Bollywood stars, politicians queue up as Mumbai goes to polls

Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law voted in a polling booth in Juhu as politicians, candidates and industrialists were seen across the city during the fourth round of polling in the Lok Sabha election.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 16:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan show ink marks on their fingers after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai.(REUTERS)

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his family were among the stream of Bollywood actors to cast their votes as polling in Mumbai’s six parliamentary constituencies was underway on Monday.

Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law voted in a polling booth in Juhu as politicians, candidates and industrialists were seen across the city during the fourth round of polling in the Lok Sabha election.

Actors Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor and singer Asha Bhonsle also cast their franchise in different booths. So did Kareena Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kajol and Ajay Devgn.

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Actors Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, Rekha, Priyanka Chopra and Madhuri Dixit, director Vishal Bhardwaj, singer Shankar Mahadevan with his wife Sangeeta Mahadevan were among the early voters to come out to vote.

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“Every vote is a voice that counts,” Priyanka Chopra tweeted as she shared a picture of her inked finger.

“Voting is our right, let’s use it wisely! The future of our country is in our hands. Let’s do our duty and #VoteForIndia. (sic),” Madhuri Dixit also tweeted.

The governor of the Reserve Bank of India Shaktikanta Das and industrialist Anil Ambani also cast their vote early in the morning. Anand Mahindra, chairperson of Mahindra Group, Tata Sons chairperson N Chandrasekaran and Godrej Groups’ Adi Godrej were also seen in polling booths.

Politicians Sanjay Raut, Sharad Pawar, Milind Deora, Eknath Shinde, Rahul Shewale, Priya Dutt, Poonam Mahajan, Urmila Matondkar, Piyush Goyal, Raj Thackeray and others also cast their votes.

There are 96,40,423 voters who are expected to vote in the 3,150 polling booths in the city and 7,472 centres in suburbs of the Mumbai to decide the fate of the 127 candidates in the fray.

Voters were seen queuing outside polling booths across the metropolitan city as residents across the state started casting their franchise in the last 17 of Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats.

Among the six Lok Sabha seat in Mumbai, which known for low turnouts, Mumbai North, where Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar is pitted against BJP’s Gopal Shetty, notched the highest turnout at 32.93% at 1pm. The lowest was at 28.23% in Mumbai South, where former Union minister Milind Deora is contesting against Shiv Sena’s Arvind G Sawant.

High temperatures with extreme humidity, especially in coastal constituencies, are said to be factors for the poor turnout, alarming all political parties.

Officials of the Election Commission officials said there could be a last-minute surge after 4pm even as celebs made several appeals to people on social media to step out and vote.

Reports of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) malfunctioning and names missing in electoral rolls also started trickling in from several parts of Mumbai.

Several people also complained that their names were missing in the electoral rolls. Many voters from Malwani in Malad, which is a part of Mumbai North constituency, did not find their names on the list. They said that they had voted in 2014 elections.

Pradosh Pisat, a resident of Sai Baba Nagar in Borivali, reached polling station at 7:15am but had to return as he could not find his name on the list. Dharmambal Sundaresan, a senior citizen from Mulund, also had to go back for the same reason.

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Oldest voter, celebrities

In Bandra, 103-year-old Swarnambal Krishnaswamy was among those who cast their votes in Chembur. Krishnaswamy turned 103 on April 25 and is the oldest person in the area.

Many voters were forced to go back to keep their mobile phones at Gold Crest School in Navi Mumbai’s Vashi as they were not aware of the no phone rule.

Ravindra Phatak, an MLC of the Shiv Sena, was booked after he was allegedly caught with two bags with bundles of Rs 500 notes in his car by a squad of the Election Commission in Nalla Sopara early on Monday. The first information report was lodged in Tulinj police station.

Priyanka Chopra and her mother cast their votes in Versova as Anil Ambani voted at a polling booth at Cuffe Parade in Mumbai. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s sitting MP Paresh Rawal and his wife Swaroop Sampat were seen at a polling booth in Vile Parle.

“This is the only time in five years when we can bring a change in this country. Everyone should understand the importance of this,” Vishal Bhardwaj said after voting in Andheri.

Poonam Mahajan, the BJP’s candidate from Mumbai North Central constituency, was seen outside polling booth number 48 in Worli with her mother Rekha Mahajan and brother Rahul Mahajan after voting.

Contesting candidates

Poonam Mahajan is facing tough competition from former legislator Priya Dutt. Both the candidates come from political families — Mahajan is the daughter of late senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan and Dutt father was late actor and former MP Sunil Dutt. In 2014, Mahajan had defeated Dutt by a margin of over 1.86 lakh votes. Congress candidate Priya Dutt and her husband Owen Roncon voted in Bandra.

Municipal corporator Manoj Kotak is contesting from the Mumbai North East seat and is pitted against the NCP’s Sanjay Dina Patil, an MP from the constituency in 2009-14. Kotak cast his vote in at Mulund’s MCC College.

In Mumbai South Lok Sabha, sitting Sena MP Arvind Sawant is facing competition from Congress candidate and party’s Mumbai president Milind Deora for the second consecutive time. In 2014, Sawant had defeated Deora, the then MP, by a margin of over 1.28 lakh votes.

Another sitting Sena MP Rahul Shewale will face-off senior Congress leader and former MP Eknath Gaikwad for the second time in the Mumbai South Central constituency. Shewale had defeated Gaikwad by a margin of over 1.38 lakh votes in the last election. The constituency comprises Dharavi, the biggest slum area in Asia.

In Mumbai North West constituency, sitting Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar and Congress’ former MP Sanjay Nirupam are contesting against each other. Kirtikar had defeated the then sitting MP and senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat by a margin of over 1.83 lakh votes. Nirupam was the MP from Mumbai North constituency. On his request, Congress decided to change his constituency for the general polls.

In Mumbai North constituency is facing another tight fight where the sitting BJP MP Gopal Shetty will have to defend the party’s bastion against Congress candidate and Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar. Shetty had defeated the then sitting MP Sanjay Nirupam by a huge margin of 4.46 lakh votes. Actor Govinda was also the MP in 2004-09. As Congress candidate, he had defeated veteran BJP leader Ram Naik.

Maharashtra is holding elections in 17 seats in the fourth round of the seven-phased general election on Monday.

This phase includes three parliamentary constituencies from western Maharashtra, four from Konkan region, four from north Maharashtra and six seats from Mumbai. Polling in 31 seats has already been held in the first three phases.

The votes will be counted on May 23.

ConstituencySitting MP
Madhya Pradesh
Balaghat Bodhsingh Bhagat, BJP
Chhindwara Kamal Nath, Congress
Jabalpur Rakesh Singh, BJP
Mandla Faggan Singh Kulaste, BJP
Shahdol Gyan Singh, BJP
Sidhi Riti Pathak, BJP
Rajasthan
Ajmer Raghu Sharma, Congress
Banswara Manshankar Nimana, BJP
Barmer Sona Ram Choudhary, BJP
Bhilwara Subhash Baheria, BJP
Chhittorgarh Chandra Prakash Joshi, BJP
Jalore Devji Patel, BJP
Jhalawar-Baran Dushyant Singh, BJP
Jodhpur Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, BJP
Kota Om Birla, BJP
Pali P P Choudhary, BJP
Rajsamand Hariom Singh Rathore, BJP
Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, BJP
Udaipur Arjunlal Meena, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
Anantnag Vacant
Maharashtra
Bhiwandi Kapil Moreshwar Patil, BJP
Dhule Dr. Bhamre Subhash Ramrao, BJP
Dindori Chavan Harishchandra Devram, BJP
Kalyan Dr.Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena
Mumbai North Gopal Chinayya Shetty, BJP
Mumbai North West Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar, Shiv Sena
Mumbai North East Kirit Somaiya, BJP
Mumbai North Central Poonam Mahajan, BJP
Mumbai South Central Rahul Ramesh Shewale, Shiv Sena
Mumbai South Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Shiv Sena
Maval Shrirang Chandu Barne, Shiv Sena
Nandurbar Dr Heena Gavit, BJP
Nashik Godse Hemant Tukaram, Shiv Sena
Palghar Rajendra Gavit, BJP
Shirdi Lokhande Sadashiv Kisan, Shiv Sena
Shirur Adhalrao Shivaji Dattatrey, Shiv Sena
Thane Vichare Rajan Baburao, Shiv Sena
ConstituencySitting MP
Uttar Pradesh
Akbarpur Devendra Singh Bhole, BJP
Etawah Ashok Kumar Doharey, BJP
Farrukhabad Mukesh Rajput, BJP
Hamirpur Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, BJP
Hardoi Anshul Verma, BJP
Jalaun Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, BJP
Jhansi Uma Bharti, BJP
Kannauj Dimple Yadav, SP
Kanpur Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP
Kheri Ajay Kumar, BJP
Misrikh Anju Bala, BJP
Shahjahanpur Krishna Raj, BJP
Unnao Sakshi Maharaj, BJP
Jharkhand
Chatra Sunil Kumar Singh, BJP
Palamu Vishnu Dayal Ram, BJP
LohardagaSudarshan Bhagat, BJP
Odisha
Balasore Rabindra Kumar Jena, BJD
Bhadrak Arjun Charan Sethi, BJD
Jagatsinghpur Kulamani Samal, BJD
Jajpur Rita Tarai, BJD
Kendrapara Baijayant Panda, BJD (now in BJP)
Mayurbhang Rama Chandra Hansdah, BJD
West Bengal
Asansol Babul Supriyo, BJP
Baharampur Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress
Bardhman Purba Sunil Kumar Mondal, Trinamool Congress
Bolpur Anupam Hazra, Trinamool Congress
Birbhum Shatabdi Roy, Trinamool Congress
Burdwan-Durgapur Mamtaz Sanghamita, Trinamool Congress
Krishnanagar Tapas Paul, Trinamool
Ranaghat Tapas Mandal, Trinamool
Bihar
Begusarai Dr. Bhola Singh, BJP
Darbhanga Kirti Azad, BJP
Munger Veena Devi, LJP
Samastipur Ram Chandra Paswan, LJP
Ujiarpur Nityanand Rai, BJP

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 15:09 IST