BANGALORE: It was politics instead of work for many professionals. They skipped work on Friday, to follow the election results. Techies working abroad, especially in the US, also remained glued to news channels through the night watching election results.
Bharath S, who hails from Shimoga, said he watched the entire counting coverage from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he works.
He said he and his colleagues from India who were also gripped by the election fever, would go to work the next day.
Pradeep Kumar J, who works at a chemicals firm in Dubai, said he woke up at 5.30 am to watch news. “Fortunately, it is a holiday. I sat in front of TV all through the day,” he said.
Dabasis Dey, a techie working with NTT Data, Bangalore, took the day off work. He was “happy” to see the BJP sweeping the country.
Nandan (name changed), working with IBM said since he could not take leave, he worked from home.
“Many of my colleagues applied for leave. I opted to work from home so that I could watch television,” he said.
Sanjay Kulkarni, another professional, told Express that he postponed his travel to San Jose to Sunday to feel the pulse on the result day. He said he is happy that the BJP won enough seats to form a stable government.
Kishore Bogase, a businessman, did not go to office nor did he attend any calls from clients.