NEW DELHI: An estimated 67 per cent turnout was recorded on Saturday in the crucial Delhi Assembly polls, where the BJP and the AAP were locked in a battle royale, the outcome of which may have ramifications on the national political landscape.
After casting their ballot, voters posed for pictures and selfies showing their inked finger. Youngsters were found flaunting their inked fingers and then putting their pictures on social networking sites, which also represented young India’s sense of pride in democracy. Hashtags like #DelhiVotes, #GetInked were trending throughout the day as ‘voting’ seemed to have assumed a cool quotient.
While voters did not seem to mind standing in serpentine queues in various polling stations, they turned up to get lower water, power tariff and school fees.
President Pranab Mukherjee inspected a model polling booth at the Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in the President’s Estate set up for Delhi Assembly election. His daughter Sharmistha is contesting the polls from Greater Kailash on a Congress ticket.
The AAP and the BJP indulged in a fierce battle on social networking sites, accusing each other of violating the Model Code of Conduct.
Interestingly, Kiran Bedi exuded confidence of a victory at 3.30 pm when polling was on. Apparently aimed at capturing the last-minute voters of Delhi’s urban population, Bedi tweeted, “Amazing joy and sense of victory and success writ large across people. Mood of festivity and celebration thank u (you) friends”.