Bollywood stars like Rekha, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan and Sonam Kapoor were among the early voters while many celebrities took to Twitter to flaunt their fingers and to tell their fans to get inked as Mumbai went for polls on Thursday (April 24).
Aamir Khan, who cast his vote in suburban Bandra, said, “Voting is an important process in democracy. It is my duty as an Indian to vote.” While Sonam said, “It is good to vote for those who make legitimate promises.”
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While southern acting legends Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan were among the early voters in Chennai. Rajinikanth, who will be seen in Kochadiiyaan soon, was the first to cast his vote from the polling booth in his vicinity. Rajinikanth was the first voter at the Stella Maris College polling booth.
Kamal Haasan, who was accompanied by his companion Gauthami, told reporters that ‘I have done my bit.’
Polling began at 7 AM for the third and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, where 338 candidates are testing electoral waters in 19 Lok Sabha seats.
Actress Vidya Balan was one of the first Bollywood celebrities to cast her vote. Vidya, who lives in suburban Juhu after her marriage with UTV head Siddharth Roy Kapur, cast her vote at a Chembur booth.
When asked about voting in Chembur, she said laughing, “Why not? this gives me a chance to come to Chembur… I do come often.”
“It’s my responsibility to vote… To point fingers at others and (if) I face a problem, I need to have this on my finger,” she said while displaying her inked finger.
Actress and Rajya Sabha member (nominated) Rekha came in a track suit to exercise her right to franchise. Sunny Deol and Sonam Kapoor also cast their votes.
I’ve cast my vote. Have you yet? #GoMumbai
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 24, 2014
Meanwhile Farhan Akhtar talked about the discrepancies at his polling station. He said, “Many at my polling station saying their name not on the list. They voted the last time but can’t this time. Been turned away.” The actor added, “These discrepancies are really sad and are a denial of their democratic right. Someone needs to look into it. Where did their vote go?”
Yesteryear star Dharmendra, Bollywood lyricist Prasoon Joshi also cast their vote in the Western suburbs. Joshi, who is set to fly out of the country for IIFA, said, “Voting is the responsibility not just once in five years but it should be a constant co creation.”
It is said that lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar and wife Shabana Azmi (a former RS MP), besides actress Sonakshi Sinha, whose father Shatrughan Sinha is a BJP candidate in Patna Sahib, have given voting a miss to attend IIFA in the US.
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) April 24, 2014
Kirron Kher, who is in the election battle as a BJP candidate from Chandigarh, tweeted, “Sikandar and I just voted. Go Mumbai go and vote.”
Mega star Amitabh Bachchan, 71, wrote on his blog last night: “Its voting hour tomorrow… the members shall go to vote as shall millions of others, to decide for the future of the nation, the future of the leaders that shall lead us into the next, and the next.”
Juhi Chawla, 46, said she voted for the first time. “Cast my vote in a general election for the first time!!! So happy to have done my duty… I voted for change !!! Grr !!,” Juhi wrote.
Actress Anushka Sharma said she would not be able to cast her vote due to her shooting schedule but those who are in the city should go.
“I urge everyone to cast your vote today. Everyone counts and matters. Take the responsibility towards a better tomorrow. I am shooting in Rajasthan so wouldn’t be able to vote. But everyone who can please do.”
Soha Ali Khan reminded Mumbaikars that they were not very active in last elections. “In the 2009 general election Mumbai had the lowest turnout of 41.4 per cent. Today the big day is here again – it’s time to stand up and be counted!,” she said.
Her boyfriend Kunal Khemu, however, was surprised to find his name missing from the list “In Mira Road the same place that I have been voting from since I was 18 and today my name is not on the list and they tell me I can’t vote. Others like me also around. Surprised!! Won’t give up though,” he tweeted.
“It’s time to stop complaining about the system and take action. Boys and girls either Vote now or forever keep Quiet!,” Preity Zinta wrote.
Other celebrities who got inked were Shilpa Shetty, Kunal Kapoor, Shreya Ghoshal, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, John Abraham, and Onir.