Majhdia, April 29: A young man today arrived at a polling station straight from his wedding venue to cast his vote for the Lok Sabha poll while returning home with his newly married wife.
Swapan Biswas (29), a small trader from Taldah-Majhdia village arrived at the Teghari primary school polling station under the Ranaghat (SC) parliamentary constituency with her just married wife Rupali, where he exercised his democratic right. The wedding of Rupali and Swapan was solemnized late on the Sunday night.
Swapan, dressed in Dhuti-Punjabi, had to take Rupali inside the polling station carrying voting slip, due to the ‘jor’ (holy wed lock). Swapan after confirming his identity entered the EVM counter to press the voting button when Rupali had to loosen the ‘anchal’ of her sari standing in front of the Presiding Officer to enable him to cast the vote.
Earlier in similar way Rupali also voted at a polling station in Bhimpur near her paternal home before leaving for her in-laws’’ house in Majhdia.
“We begun a new life today and voted too for a new government which would hopefully fulfill expectations of the people”, Swapan said quite enthusiastically.
The young couple claimed that they jointly took the decision about voting on Sunday night a little after their marriage was solemnized.
“Being responsible citizens we just did not want to miss the opportunity to support our favorite parties in this election. Voting is important to ensure our participation in democracy” – Rupali Biswas (Bride)
“Yesterday after our marriage was solemnized we decided to cast vote. As we belong to separate polling station, it was decided that Rupali would cast her vote first as she done in past and I would do the same on way back to my home with her. Actually none of us wanted to lose the opportunity to cast votes”, said Swapan.
Family members of Rupali were surprised hearing about her plan. But, they had to give approval respecting the wish of the couple.
“As responsible citizens we just did not want to miss the opportunity to support our favorite parties in this election. Voting is important to ensure my participation in democracy”, said Rupali.
The voting for phase-4 for the Lok Sabha elections were held on Monday. In Nadia polls for its two Lok sabha seats – Ranaghat (SC) and Krishnanagar were also held on the day. Till 5 pm an average 76% voting was reported. Voting was largely peaceful except some stray incident.