It was a star-studded affair at Juhu polling stations, which saw a steady stream of Bollywood actors come and cast their votes. Jaya Bachchan and her son Abhishek Bachchan turned up at 9 am at Jamnabai Narsee School, which was one of the many polling stations in Juhu, and were conspicuous by the absence of their respective spouses.
Soon after they cast their votes, Abhishek made an appeal to voters to come out and vote. “Today is a very important day. Everyone should come out of their homes and vote. We are all citizens of this country and it is our duty to vote,’’ he said.
Wearing a yellow salwar kameez, Hemal Malini turned up to vote a little after noon along with her daughter Esha Deol. With indications of low voter turnout, she was asked if she perceived any improvement in the percentage later on Wednesday afternoon. “Hopefully things will improve. There is a need for change in Maharashtra. People are talking about corruption as an issue. We hope we (BJP) are able to form a government here,” she said.
When asked if Shiv Sena and BJP could align once again after results, Hema said, “People don’t even know that the alliance has broken. Let us see what happens, but we are hopeful. We would like the chief minister to be from BJP.” While talking about Narendra Modi contribution to Gujarat, she said, “He is capable of doing so much”.
Drawing comparison between the facilities provided to voters in Mathura and Mumbai, Hema said, “This is a school where my children has studied. In Mathura, people go to vote in schools where there is no electricity.” Her daughter spoke of the need for more focus on women’s security despite Mumbai being a safe place for women.
The Juhu centre subsequently saw Sonali Bendre and her husband, filmmaker Goldie Behl. “I really hope Mumbai doesn’t disappoint. We are all educated and are aware of our duties, why can’t we come out and vote? The city needs better infrastructure and this is an issue I have voted for,” she said. Also seen at this polling station were actor Arjun Kapoor and music composer Rajesh Roshan.
Other celebrities who turned out to vote at other centres in Juhu were Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Kirron Kher with her son Sikandar and her husband Anupam Kher. “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain that the government doesn’t do anything for you,” said Kirron.
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