Celebrities vote from the front

Celebrities vote from the front

A woman take selie with Rahul Dravid, Cricketer and Karnataka Election Commission brand ambassador at Shanthi nagar legislative assembly constituency election in Dr Ambedkar First Grade College, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru on Saturday. Photo by

The city’s prominent names did not step back from exercising their right to vote and encouraged citizens to come out and exercise their franchise as well.

Among one of them was the former cricketer, Rahul Dravid who was at Dr Ambedkar college in Indiranagar along with his wife and mother to cast their votes. He obliged for selfies with some cricket fans at the polling booth.

Speaking to media persons, the state election icon said, “It is a good opportunity for everyone to participate in our democracy. The polling officer has told me that a lot of voters had come to cast their votes. Please, everyone, come and cast your votes,” he appealed.

However, Dravid refused to comment on some EVMs and VVPATs that were reported to be inoperative.

Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde was also seen at a polling booth in the city for exercising his franchise.

Hegde said,”Over the years, I feel that malpractices have increased. Distribution of sarees, alcohol, dhotis and cookers have come out in the open. It is not a good sign in democracy,” he said.

Former union minister and BJP leader SM Krishna also exercised his right at a polling booth in the city.

The stars

Many from Sandalwood made their presence felt at the polling centres as well.

Among the known faces were Puneeth Rajkumar, Upendra, Ravichandran, Darshan, Dwarakish, Ramesh Aravind, Harshika, Radhika Pandit, Malashree, Sri Murali, Raghu Dixit, Vasishta, Bhavana Rao, Ricky Kej, Sanjjanaa, Srujan Lokesh, Devaraj, Pranitha, Samyukta Hornad, Manvitha Harish, M D Pallavi, and many others cast their votes and encouraged the public through social media sites to

Anil Kumble who voted with his family tweeted a photo with a caption, “Waiting for our turn to vote! Urging everyone to exercise their rights as citizens!”

The spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravishankar, exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Kanakapura.