Congress campaign committee chairman K Chiranjeevi had an embarrassing moment when a young voter objected to his jumping the queue. Chiranjeevi, his wife and his filmstar son arrived at Jubilee Hills to vote. His wife and son stood aside and Chiranjeevi walked into the booth with his voter ID card and polling slip. A young voter, Kartik Kumar, asked him why he was jumping the queue when others were waiting for over an hour, why he needed special treatment when he is not a senior citizen. People in the queue cheered Kumar. An embarrassed Chiranjeevi told him he was only checking whether the names of his wife and son were in the list, and if they were he would queue up. The family left without voting but returned an hour later.
Naidu votes aloud
Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s vote may be declared invalid after he publicly said he voted for the BJP. Naidu and his family voted at a polling station at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. When a news channel reporter asked him, Naidu said both his votes, assembly and Lok Sabha, were for the BJP. Andhra Pradesh chief electoral officer Bhanwal Lal said the presiding officer will declare Naidu’s vote invalid.
Cash in burning car
Personal assistants of Telangana Congress campaign committee chairman Uttam Kumar Reddy, contesting from Huzurnagar in Nalgonda, were caught with cash bundles after their SUV caught fire near Narayanpet. The driver of the SUV, with ‘MLA’ sticker on it, took it to a service station and passersby who helped douse the flames took out bundles of cash which had caught fire. Reddy was not in the vehicle.
Actress M Vijayashanti, former MP contesting Medak assembly seat, had an argument with a polling officer after villagers complained the officer was insisting they vote for TRS. Vijayashanti pulled up the officer in public and polling was suspended for 10 minutes. “Villagers unsure about the EVM told me the officer was directing them to press the button for TRS,” Vijayashanti said over phone.
Saina skips practice
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal cast her vote at Gachi Bowli. “It is everyone’s duty to vote and elect a good leader. We are not practising today,’’ she said.
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Telugu comedian and Padma Shri Award winner K Brahmanandam, who was the Election Commission had roped in as ambassador, could not vote. He did not find his name on the voter list at Jubilee Hills public school.