Hyderabad: Amidst festive environment and a sense of purpose to do their bit in electing the candidate of their choice, families hailing from a host of regions in Hyderabad showed up to cast their vote. Keen to avoid rush and long queues, voters — especially senior citizens and housewives — from several middle-class neighbourhoods, turned up early at polling stations on Friday.
Election officials at several polling stations struggled with EVMs, which caused initial delay. However, soon enough, normalcy was restored as polling staff managed to start the process of voting. Early morning rush of voters was visible at polling stations at Narayanguda, Himayathnagar, Lingampalli, King Koti, Barkatpura, Abids, Nallakunta, new Nallakunta, Tarnaka, Habsiguda, Uppal , Lalaguda and Adikmet.
Senior citizens turned up in large numbers. “This is my fifth time of voting and I am proud of my record. Youngsters should realise that it is very important to take part in elections and vote for a candidate of your choice,” said 75-year-old Ananta Padmanabhai, a resident of Adikmet.
At Tarnaka, professor Kodandaram joined the queue of senior citizens and families to cast his vote.
RBVRR Women’s College at Narayanguda witnessed hectic activity as it hosted close to five polling stations. Members of Marwari and Agarwal Samaj and associations representing families from Gujarat turned up in large numbers to cast their vote at the polling stations in Kachiguda, Lingampalli, King Kothi, Barkatpura and Nimboli Adda.
BJP candidate for Khairatabad constituency, Chintala Ramachandra Reddy, who cast his vote at Shaikpet, alleged that in Khairatabad constituency, 40 to 50 EVMs reported technical glitches resulting in voters having to wait. “I had requested the Election Commission to extend the voting time wherever voting was delayed due to technical reasons,” he said.
Meanwhile, even as polling at various polling stations in the areas of Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills progressed slowly, senior citizens were seen casting their votes early. In a few polling stations along Road No 7, agents in the first few hours of polling were seen waiting for voters to distribute their slips. In most of the stations, apart from celebrities who sought to queue up in the first hour, senior citizens were seen turning up in good numbers to exercise their franchise.