Flight from Canada, ferry across river to vote

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Jaipur: Around 74 per cent polling was recorded in Ra­jasthan on Fri­day. The fig­ures show one out of four reg­is­tered elec­tors didn’t cast their votes in the elec­toral ex­er­cise that would usher in the next gov­ern­ment in state.

While there are those who chose not to queue up or didn’t find time to vote, there were oth­ers who make the finest brand am­bas­sadors of the elec­tion depart­ment, which has been fever­ishly urg­ing peo­ple to come out and vote.

For Ga­janand Sharma, who was un­til re­cently lan­guish­ing in Pak­istan jail, Fri­day would re­main etched in his mind all his life. It is on this day that he cast his vote al­most af­ter 38 years. Sharma had cast his vote for the first time on Fri­day since 1980. A res­i­dent of the Walled City area of Jaipur, he cast his vote in the polling booth at Fatehram Ka Teeba in Nahargarh area.

Sharma was re­leased from Pak­istan jail, and ar­rived in Jaipur af­ter the Pak­istan au­thor­i­ties ac­cepted his re­quest for re­lease doggedly pur­sued by the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry. His wife Makhani Devi got his Aaad­har card made and also ap­plied for his Voter ID card, which were duly pro­cessed by the elec­tion depart­ment. Sharma who was ac­com­pa­nied by his son to the polling booth found vot­ing through EVM a novel ex­pe­ri­ence. Talk­ing to re­porters he said, “things have changed since I voted in 1980 via bal­lot pa­per.”

Like Sharma, Bhagyashree Jain flew down from Canada to cast her vote. She is a reg­is­tered voter in Bhilwara dis­trict and is em­ployed in Canada. She voted in booth num­ber 131 in Vi­mal Sa­gar Ma­haraj School in Bhilwara city. Bh­gyashree said she holds a man­age­rial po­si­tion in a jew­ellery out­let in Canada. She said she was urged by her fa­ther to come and vote. She said she came on her own ac­cord and ap­plied for leave be­fore land­ing in Bhilwara for cast­ing her vote.

Vil­lagers of Danakhsari Pan­chayat hired a boat to cross the dam built on Mahi river and cast their votes. Close to 700 vot­ers took the boat across and came back af­ter ex­er­cis­ing their fran­chise on Fri­day. Bhagyashree Jain, a jew­ellery man­ager from Canada, shows her inked fin­ger af­ter cast­ing her vote in Bhilwara

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