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.”
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.”