As former prime minister H D Deve Gowda arrived to cast his vote at Paduvalahippe village in Holenarasipur on Sunday, people gathered around the vehicle to catch a glimpse of him. Even as they stood by the car expecting the leader to alight, Gowda, who came from the Ranganatha Temple, did not make any move. It was only after a full 15 minutes that Gowda emerged from the car. No, Gowda had not slipped into one of his famous naps. He was sitting in his car chanting Vishnusahasranama.
‘Come in queue’
BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu had a taste of people power when a senior citizen stopped him from breaking the queue. Around 8 am, Naidu, Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, headed straight to the booth in Malleswaram while others stood in the queue.
“You are a public servant. Please come in the queue,’’ a senior citizen told Naidu, who politely said he did not see the line and joined the queue.
Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy waited half an hour to cast his vote as staff were still setting up the EVMs. The official of the Vijaya College polling booth in Jayanagar constituency admitted that voting began late as staff were busy checking EVMs to avoid problems later.
Hi-tech EVMS and Vaastu
The returning officer in Paduvalahippe was taken aback when JD(S) candidate H D Revanna turned the direction of the table with the EVM. Some said Revanna moved the table due to poor lighting, others contend that it Revanna did it due to his obsession with vaastu.