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PICS: Dismal vote in Mumbai but high and mighty turn up

Last updated on: February 16, 2012 21:12 IST

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Polling ended on Thursday in the 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

The polling was marked by poor turnout in Mumbai, with hardly 30 per cent electorate casting their votes. espite all government offices, educational institutions and a large number of private establishments declaring a holiday to enable the voters cast their ballots, there were hardly any queues seen at polling stations.

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Image: A lone policeman guards a nearly-empty polling booth
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Congress member of Parliament from Mumbai North-Central constituency, Priya Dutt, expressed strong displeasure over the apathy of voters.

"It is very sad that a lot of people have not come out to vote. If you don't vote, you have no right to complain. They are not contributing to the society. You are getting what you deserve....you are harming the society and the country," she said.

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Image: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at the polling booth.
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HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh also disapproved of the people's lukewarm response to the civic elections. "Voting is a fundamental right and people must exercise their franchise," he said.

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Image: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray
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"Educated people don't come out and vote. The quality of life is going down in the city and some desperate measures are needed," he said.

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Image: Mayor Shraddha Jadhav
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Film personality Gulzar, who arrived at a polling station to cast his vote was "disappointed" that his name was missing from the voters list.

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Image: Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale
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No untoward incident has so far been reported from anywhere in the city or nine other municipal bodies where polling is underway.

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Image: South Mumbai member of Parliament Milind Deora with wife Pooja Shetty
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A 55-year-old identified as Lalmani Vishwakarma, collapsed and died after casting his ballot at yograj Vidyalaya polling booth in Saki Naka's ward number 154.

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Image: Former Union MJinister Murli Deora with wife
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An electorate of over 2.02 crore is eligible to elect their representatives from among 1,244 candidates in the fray.

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Image: Bharatiya Janata Party's national executive team member Shaina NC
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Besides Mumbai, elections are being held in Thane, Ulhasnagar, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Nashik, Akola, Amravati, Nagpur and Mumbai municipal  corporations.

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Image: Congress leader Gurudas Kamath with family
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A determined voter turns up to cast his vote.

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Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh with wife.

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An elderly couple at a polling booth.

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Bollywood actress and social activist Shabana Azmi.

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Bollywood personality Jaya Bachchan at a polling booth.

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President of women cell of Bharatiya Janata Party and member of Parliament, Smriti Irani.

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Former Bollywood villain Ranjit with family


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