As the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections reach closure, poll figures have seen a major jump in Mumbai. Though Mumbaikars did not turn up in high numbers earlier in the day, the numbers reversed drastically by late evening
Varanasi reeled under massive traffic snarls on Thursday due to Narendra Modi's massive road show in the heart of the city causing inconvenience to a large number of commuters. Police had put barricades in almost all arterial roads to ensure fool-proof security to Modi, who filed his nomination on Thursday
Avoiding the city rush, most celebrities stepped out early and have already cast their votes, setting precedents to inspire citizens.
Electronic voting machines (EVMs), the main essential of Indian voting, seem to be giving people a hard time this season. In the previous phases, many EVMs have failed to function. While some transferred votes to a particular political party, others simply refused to work.
Officers on election duty at Mohammed Ali Road say there has a steady stream of voters coming in throughout the day. On condition of anonymity, one official said, “Since the start of polling today we haven’t been free for more than two minutes on the whole. This is a good thing; it means the voter turnout is high this time.”
A Mumbaikar explains why he was frustrated with his name not being on the list, after waiting hours to take part in his civic duty.