ANDHRA PRADESH

Heat fails to deter them

determined lot: Women voters cover themselves to withstand oppressive heat in the early hours of polling at TVR Municipal Primary School in Vijayawada on Thursday.

determined lot: Women voters cover themselves to withstand oppressive heat in the early hours of polling at TVR Municipal Primary School in Vijayawada on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: RAJU. V

Staff Reporter

People start queuing up from 6 a.m. onwards



Some youngsters vote early so that they could watch IPL match later

City wears a desolate look as people stay away from main thoroughfares



VIJAYAWADA: Braving scorching sun and humid condition, voters came out in good number to cast their vote in favour of their chosen candidates in all the three Assembly constituencies on Thursday.

The hundreds of booths scattered all over the city witnessed a steady flow of voters right from morning 6.30 a.m., with the primary objective of saving their scalp from the blistering Sun. However, the most heartening observation was the presence of women, who, keeping aside their morning chores for a while, descended on the polling booths with their husbands, fathers and brothers to cast their vote.

“The intensity of the heat is usually less in the morning. It is better to fulfil our democratic right early morning, as it would be unbearable in the afternoon,” felt Anuradha, a housewife, who resides in Ayodhyanagar.

The city wore a desolate look and the streets projected a curfew-like situation as all the shops downed their shutters in accordance with the directions issued by the Election Commission.

The youngsters, who were seen in an enthusiastic mood on the booth premises, had a reason for turning up to vote in the morning. “I wanted to vote early, so that I can catch the action of the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings in the afternoon,” said V. John, a resident of Srinagar Colony.

The aged and the physically challenged were given preference as they walked straight into their respective booths to vote for their chosen candidates. Proving many soothsayers wrong, women were seen in good number in many booths even around 2 p.m., talking all precautions, such as covering their head with their ‘pallu’ and holding umbrellas and carrying water bottles to quench their thirst.

Even mothers were seen with tiny tots tucked under the arms in the queues. . “One should appreciate the Election Commission for arranging booths exclusively for women,” said Vanaja Vaidhyanathan, a homemaker.

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