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Chaurasia ballot plea

Agra, April 7 (PTI): Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia participated in a voter awareness programme here last evening and urged people to vote and choose an honest government.

Asked if there was a “Modi wave” in the country, the noted flautist said: “I do not see any wave anywhere. People who create a lot of noise attract attention and those who work silently are regarded as weak and foolish”. He urged people to exercise their franchise without fear and prejudice.

Titled “Taj Nature Walk”, the event was held on an upland overlooking the Taj Mahal. Chaurasia enthralled the audience by playing several melodies.

Bala excited

Bangalore (PTI): Former Infosys director V. Balakrishnan, fighting the polls on an AAP ticket, finds his new role more exciting than his job at the IT giant. Bala, as the former finance head of Infosys is known, is fighting his first election from the Bangalore Central. He is pitted against the BJP’s sitting MP P.C. Mohan and Rizwan Arshad of the Congress.

“It’s a 24-hour job and more exciting than working in Infosys,” Bala said. He wished luck to his former colleague Nandan Nilekani, who is fighting on a Congress ticket. Bangalore votes on April 17.

Mohanlal

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress in Kerala has criticised Mohanlal’s endorsement of a CPM-backed Independent candidate, saying that an actor who has been conferred the title of honorary lieutenant colonel of the army should not solicit votes for any one.

Mohanlal had voiced support for Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, who is contesting from Chalakudy. Mohanlal said that Innocent, who is also the president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, had been a success in his office and his Parliament entry would be beneficial for the Malayalam film industry. Kerala votes on April 10.

Coin count

Nashik (PTI): An Independent candidate from Nashik left poll officials counting for three hours as he paid the security deposit in coins. Pramod Nathekar, who heads the Bahujan Swarajya Mahasangh, filed his nomination at the collector’s office on Saturday. Nathekar, who sells footwear, had brought with him 5,954 coins of various denominations, adding up to Rs 12,500.