Booths lack buzz, but netizens full of zeal

Booths lack buzz, but  netizens full of zeal

It has become sort of a trend for a few elections now, to exercise one’s franchise and then post pictures of the same on social networking sites as proof of being a responsible citizen.

For others merely exercising the right to vote was not enough. Their responsibility seemed to extend to persuade others to do the same on the same platforms.

Although the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike poll day saw a dismal turnout of voters across the city, the chatter and enthusiasm on social networking sites was far from gloomy.

From young first-time voters, working professionals to well-known personalities, everyone had something to show, say and share about the elections.

Srivatsan Sridharan, an IT professional living in Bellandur under Mahadevapura ward, voted for the first time in Friday’s elections and posted a picture of himself and his inked finger on Twitter.

“Voted in #BBMPelections 2015 for first time after becoming Bengaluru citizen. Entire process was smooth and easy,” he declared proudly.

Although disappointed by the low turnout, Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar expressed his gratefulness, saying, “Turnout low but thank u 2 these who braved rain n cynicism 2 go and vote! You did gud by our #Bengaluru” Under the #voteforbangalore on Facebook, Balaji T had this advice to give: “guys put all the party, caste, religion crap aside and please vote for the best candidate.......”

One user on Reddit reported an incident of workers of various parties trying to persuade him to vote for them.

“So i just voted for the first time, it was in a school, but the thing was congress, bjp, cpm and others had setup benches just outside the school, there were no banners and stuff, but they were just telling to vote for their their party vocally, “saar pls to vote fot our hand”, “saar pls to choose the flower”. Isnt this prohibited? What do the EC guys do? sleep?

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