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7 Must Reads: Mumbaikars rush for voting post noon, Rajnath Singh says Sonia Gandhi betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004, and more

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:21pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

#01. Mumbaikars rush for voting post noon; major jump to 53% in poll figures

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

#02. Sonia Gandhi betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004: Rajnath Singh

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "betraying the country" by not taking up the post of prime minister in 2004

#03. As Narendra Modi comes calling, Varanasi comes to a halt

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

#04. Mumbai, get out and vote!

Avoiding the city rush, most celebrities stepped out early and have already cast their votes, setting precedents to inspire citizens.

#05. EVMs fail to work, long queues and dejected voters in Mumbai

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.

#06. Muslims in South Mumbai vote in high numbers

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.”

#07. Missing Ink: I'm a Mumbaikar and why I couldn't vote this Lok Sabha election

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.

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