Heavy pre-monsoon rains that lashed the city was welcomed with a delight by most Bengalureans on April 17. Bangalore rains playing a cameo with just hours before the Lok Sabha elections also contributed to a rapid fall in temperature. A dip of more than 12 degrees was recorded in about an hour’s time as mercury level fell under 20 degree Celsius late in the evening.
Arrangements at polling stations have reached final stages. District Electoral Officer N. Manjunath Prasad held inspections to oversee poll-related work at several centres around the city.
Polling will begin at 7 am on April 18 in 477 booths, 242 in Bangalore North, 113 in Bangalore Central and 122 in Bangalore South, and will go on till 6 pm. As many as 90,997 police personnel will be deployed across the state at all polling booths. The police department has identified 11,992 booths as critical in the state and has deployed extra security forces for these booths.
The poll panel in Bengaluru has received at least 300 complaints from citizens about mismatching voter ID and wrong listing of names and residential addresses, complaints include celebrities like former cricketer Rahul Dravid and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’s mother Yamini.
If you are planning to fly out from the city, Kempegowda International Airport will not serve alcohol till 11.59 pm on April 18, on account of the general elections.