As India goes to polls for Phase 4 of Lok Sabha General Elections 2019, veteran Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi and her husband screenwriter Javed Akhtar cast their vote in a polling station in Mumbai. The celebrity pair were seen flaunting their inked fingers after they exercised their rights.
Both Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar are very vocal about their political opinions. In fact, recently, Javed campaigned for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai criticizing their religious biases.
As reported by PTI, Training his guns at the BJP, he had said, "You profess to champion the cause of Hindus. Do you not realize that among the country's homeless, unemployed and poor Hindus outnumber other communities? What do you have to offer to them except the promise of building a temple somewhere?"
"We must keep it in mind that wherever religion is mixed with politics, human rights and civil liberties become the first casualty. Look at any part of the world the Middle East, Europe or Latin America and you would find a similar trend." he further stated.
Scoffing at the party that has been in power for five years, Akhtar an avowed rationalist and atheist remarked the BJP is a peculiar outfit. All other political parties, be they the Leftist ones or those subscribing to any other ideology, have a frontal organization which may have its other wings. Here, he said that the party itself is just a wing that of the RSS.
Meanwhile, polling is being held on Monday for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states. Several other celebrities including Rekha, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn, Kajol, and Aamir Khan were spotted arriving at the polling booths in Mumbai to cast their votes.
Here are the details for Phase 4:
Date for Scrutiny of nominations: April 2
Last date of polling: April 29
Date of counting: May 23
This phase will see 957 candidates contesting for 72 seats in 9 states going to polls:
Bihar - 5
Jammu and Kashmir - 1
Jharkhand - 3
Madhya Pradesh - 6
Maharashtra - 17
Orissa - 6
Rajasthan - 13
Uttar Pradesh - 13
West Bengal - 8
Some of the big candidates contesting the elections are: Union Minister Giriraj Singh, former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, former union minister Milind Murli Deora, parliamentarian Dimple Yadav (wife of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav), three-time parliamentarian Ram Chandra Paswan, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief and former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, former parliamentarian Priya Dutt, NCP chief Sharad Pawar's grandnephew Parth Pawar, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, Moon Moon Sen from TMC and Union Minister Babul Supriyo.