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Political bigwigs, film celebrities turn up to vote

Last updated on: April 18, 2019 17:39 IST

As the second phase of polling commenced on Thursday amid heightened security, bigwigs came out to cast their votes for constituting the 17th Lok Sabha.

Among those who took to their respective polling booths were former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth, BJP candidate from Bengaluru South Tejasvi Surya, and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, among others.

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DMK candidate for the Tuticorin Lok Sabha seat, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the second phase of the general elections at a polling station in Chennai. Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/PTI Photo

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth after casting vote for the second phase of the general elections at a polling station in Chennai. Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/PTI Photo

DMK president MK Stalin flashes his finger after casting his vote in Chennai. Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/PTI Photo

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder-president Kamal Haasan with his daughter and actress Shruti Haasan (front) wait in a queue to cast their vote in Chennai. Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/PTI Photo

BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar smiles as he bumps into Nandan Nilekani at a polling booth in Koramangala in Bengaluru. Photograph: @rajeev_mp/Twitter

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, his wife Anitha Kumaraswamy and their son & JD(S) candidate from Mandya, Nikhil, cast their votes at a polling station in Ramanagara. Photograph: @hd_kumaraswamy/Twitter

Farooq Abdullah & Omar Abdullah cast their votes at a polling station in Munshi Bagh Area in Srinagar LS constituency. Omar Abdullah says, "Now that LS polls are due to conclude, we can only hope that Centre together with EC gives people of J&K an elected govt which is their right." Photograph: PTI Photo

UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and party's candidate from Fatehpur Sikri casts his vote at the polling booth in Radha Ballabh Inter College in Agra. Photograph: ANI/Twitter

Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble cast his vote during the second phase of polling on Thursday. Kumble and his wife Chethana took to Twitter asking voters to exercise their franchise. Photograph: @anilkumble1074/Twitter

Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy show their fingers, marked with indelible ink, after casting their votes at a polling station in Bengaluru. Photograph: PTI Photo

107-year-old Padma awardee, Saalumarada Thimmakka casts her vote for the Bangalore Rural parliamentary constituency. Photograph: ANI/Twitter

Actor and Bengaluru Central independent candidate Prakash Raj, shows his finger after polling in Bengaluru. Photograph: PTI Photo

Congress candidate for Sivaganga Karti Chidambaram shows his finger marked with indelible ink in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. Photograph: PTI Photo

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi casts her vote. Photograph: ANI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency. Photograph: ANI

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram shows his inked finger. Photograph: ANI

Manipur governor Najma Heptulla casts her vote at a polling station in Imphal. Photograph: ANI

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy casts his vote at a polling station. Photograph: ANI

Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam chief TTV Dinakaran casts his vote at a polling station in Besant Nagar in Chennai South parliamentary constituency. Photograph: ANI
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