Voters in a polling booth in the posh Jubilee Hills area here gave an object lesson in democracy on Wednesday when they stopped Union Minister of State for Tourism and Congress leader K. Chiranjeevi and his daughter from jumping the queue to cast their votes. The Minister’s wife and actor-son Ramcharan Tej, however, broke the line and voted early.
Mr. Chiranjeevi, a popular actor-turned-politician, denied trying to jump the queue, saying he went inside the booth only to find out if his name was on the electoral rolls as he had faced difficulties in voting in a previous election.
Raja Karthik Ganta, a young Cambridge-based information technology professional who had flown in from London to vote, took the lead in stopping Mr. Chiranjeevi when he and his family members trooped in, with cameramen in tow, while the voters stood in queue. Going up to the Minister, Mr. Ganta told him that his family members should join the queue to cast their votes. Mr. Chiranjeevi said “Okay” with folded hands, and apologised.