Interacting with the media after casting his vote at Jayanagara polling booth 54 -BES college, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, on Thursday, vehemently refused to take sides or talk about any issues on polling day.
On being asked which issues matter for him while casting his vote, he quoted the EC's order to refrain from talking about political parties and policies 48 hours prior to voting.
"The Election Commission has banned talk about any party today. We are supposed to go out and vote. And me and my family has discharged our duty which makes me happy. That is all I can say."
Murthy was accompanied by this wife and chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, author Sudha Murthy.
When asked about any changes he had seen in the recent years while voting, he said that the voter turnout has increased and that the youth are actively exercising their duty to vote.
"I think I see more people coming out to vote now which is very healthy. A large number of young people are voting. Atleast in this polling booth, I encountered a large number of youngsters which is very positive."
Bengaluru which has had a voter turnout of 55% is the central hub of the IT sector in the country. When asked about his views on this poor turnout in Bengaluru, he said that a large number of outsiders working in the city's IT sector may be one of the reasons.
"One must remember that a significant number of voters come from outside Karnataka. In the IT sector, at best 65% of the people are locals and 35% are from outside. So it is quite possible that they cannot go back to their places to vote, while some may have gone back to vote. So I would not worry too much about voter turnout being only 55%," he said.
On repeatedly being asked questions about party manifestos and the BJP's performance in the polls, he repeated his stance of not taking sides on polling day.
"As I told you in the beginning, this is not a day to discuss issues and parties or anything which will disrupt the calm and the peace of the voting process which the EC. This is the polling period and all should only go and vote just like you people have done, I too have voted."
The second phase of Lok Sabha polls is underway in 12 states and 1 union territory on Thursday. With 95 Lok Sabha seats in the fray and 52 of them belonging to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, phase two is a battle for the southern vote. Karnataka where 14 seats are in the fray, is a major battleground where the BJP faces the Congress-JD(S) coalition.