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10% voter turnout in Delhi, Sonia, Rahul cast vote

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 10:59am IST | Agency: PTI

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal were among the early voters in the seven Delhi Lok Sabha seats which recorded an impressive 10 per cent turn out in the first two hours.

"10.2 per cent of the electorate have cast their votes till 9 AM. The polling has so far been peaceful and there are no reports of any untoward incident," a top official in the Delhi Election Commission said.

The Lok Sabha elections here are seen as test of Aam Aadmi Party's perceived erosion of support base, BJP's claim of having a 'Modi wave' besides assertion by Congress that it was regaining lost ground after suffering massive defeat in assembly polls in December.

Union Minister Kapil Sibal, Delhi BJP Chief Harsh Vardhan, Congress General Secretary Ajay Maken, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev were also among the early voters.

Sonia, accompanied by Maken and Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, came to the polling station at Nirman Bhavan in Central Delhi at around 9:30 AM and went straight inside the booth to vote as there was no queue.

She is a voter in the New Delhi constituency from where Maken is contesting to retain the seat for the third consecutive term.

Talking to reporters Maken, who is contesting from prestigious New Delhi constituency, exuded confidence of regaining support of the Congress votebank which he said had gone to AAP in the assembly polls four months back.

"People who voted for Arvind Kejriwal were traditional Congress voters who will vote for us this time. We will win all seven seats. There is no Modi wave," Maken told reporters.

Clad in a while kurta-pyjama, Rahul cast his vote at booth number 88 at Aurangazeb Lane at 10:20 AM. He was also accompanied by Maken and Lovely. As thre was no queue, Rahul also went straight inside the booth to cast his vote.

After casting his vote at a polling booth near his residence in Tilak Lane, Kejriwal said Congress has already accepted its defeat while BJP's Modi was thinking that he had become the Prime Minister.




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