Mumbai logged 2% higher turnout against the earlier average

Billionaires and Bollywood stars voted

By The Telegraph in Mumbai
  • Published 30.04.19, 7:16 AM
  • Updated 30.04.19, 12:42 PM
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Shah Rukh Khan with son AbRam and wife Gauri Khan at a polling station in Bandra. The superstar later tweeted another picture: “Little one was a bit confused between ‘Boating’ and Voting, so took him along to experience the difference.”

Billionaires and Bollywood stars lined up outside polling stations on Monday in Mumbai, which recorded 53.95 per cent voting, an improvement over the 2014 turnout of 51.86 per cent.

Polling was held in 17 seats in Maharashtra, including all six constituencies in Mumbai, in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state.

The overall percentage in the 17 seats when polling ended at 6 pm was 57 per cent, up from 55.72 per cent during the 2014 elections, poll officials said.

For all the 48 seats in Maharashtra, the percentage this time was 60.68, almost similar to that in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which saw 60.32 per cent polling, they said.

Dilip Shinde, the state additional chief electoral officer said Gadchiroli Chimur Lok Sabha seat witnessed highest voter turnout at 71.98 per cent while the lowest was recorded in Kalyan at 44.27 per cent.

Deepika Padukone, who was born in Denmark, voted and later tweeted a clarification about her citizenship, saying she never had a doubt about her origins.
Deepika Padukone, who was born in Denmark, voted and later tweeted a clarification about her citizenship, saying she never had a doubt about her origins. Picture by Yogen Shah

The state Congress made 30 complaints to the Election Commission about alleged glitches in EVMs across the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies. A majority of the complaints came in from Dhule and Nandurbar, the party said, prompting ally NCP's state chief Jayant Patil to claim that something was "fishy" in the two seats.

NCP president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Union minister Smriti Irani were prominent among political leaders who voted in Mumbai. MNS president Raj Thackeray and his wife Sharmila waited for over an hour at a polling centre in Shivaji Park area to cast their votes. Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi and son Aaditya cast their votes at a municipal school in Bandra East.

Prominent industrialists who voted were Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Anand Mahindra and Adi Godrej.

Several Bollywood stars, among them Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan, cast their vote in Mumbai. Aamir, Priyanka and Rekha were among the early voters.

Twinkle Khanna after casting her vote at Juhu. Her husband Akshay Kumar, who recently made news with his non-political interview with PM Narendra Modi, wasn’t seen with her.
Twinkle Khanna after casting her vote at Juhu. Her husband Akshay Kumar, who recently made news with his non-political interview with PM Narendra Modi, wasn’t seen with her. Picture by Yogen Shah

Union minister Subhash Bhamre (Dhule) and Congress nominees Milind Deora (Mumbai-South) and Urmila Matondkar (Mumbai-North) were among the key candidates in the fray.

India's richest man, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and richest banker Uday Kotak recently endorsed Deora as their choice from Mumbai South.

Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas shared this picture on social media. “This is the moment that matters.... Every vote is a voice that counts,” she wrote
Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas shared this picture on social media. “This is the moment that matters.... Every vote is a voice that counts,” she wrote

On voting percentage, Mumbai also managed to beat Pune, which recorded a 49.84 per cent turnout on April 23.

The rivalry between Mumbai, the biggest city of Maharashtra, and Pune, the state's cultural capital, is old.

Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai, a hit Marathi rom-com with two sequels, exploits popular tropes about cultural differences between the two cities.

It played out on social media during the ongoing polls, with some Mumbaikars -- as residents of Mumbai are called -- resolving to do better than Pune.

The Bachchans.
The Bachchans. (PTI)

"Had it been called 'mat-pradarshan (expression of opinion)', instead of 'mat-daan (giving vote)', more people would have turned out in Pune," went one joke on social media, punning on the word "mat" which in Marathi means both vote and opinion.

Congress Mumbai North candidate Urmila Matondkar.
Congress Mumbai North candidate Urmila Matondkar. Picture by Yogen Shah
Actor Ranbir Kapoor in Bandra.
Actor Ranbir Kapoor in Bandra. Picture by Yogen Shah
Kareena Kapoor Khan in Bandra.
Kareena Kapoor Khan in Bandra. Picture by Yogen Shah