As the polling phase 4 winds down, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman and India business magnate, Mukesh Ambani, on Monday, accompanied by his wife Nita Ambani, daughter Isha Ambani and sons Akash and Anant Ambani, has cast his vote at his south Mumbai constituency, a high-profile area in Mumbai.
Visuals show Ambani walking hand-in-hand with his daughter, Isha as he walks towards the polling booth. His family then steps in, gets inked and casts their vote. As they exited the poll booth, they pose for the cameras displaying their inked fingers.
While exiting the booth, Nita Ambani commented on the poor turnout in Mumbai saying:
"I have come here to exercise my right as a responsible citizen of our country. It's sad that turnout is poor. Everyone should come out and vote. I have got all my three children here to vote with us. I think it is important that all young adults participate in our voting process, for our country."
While a lot of Bollywood stars and Industrialists did turnout in early in the day to cast their votes, the Ambanis opted to exercise their right later in the polling phase.
Mumbai's overall voter turnout currently stands at 43% with South Mumbai registering a 38% turnout and North Mumbai 37%, A similar trend was seen in the previous Lok Sabha polls in 2014, when Mumbai's voter turnout was less than 50%.
Bollywood stars and their families who have been seen casting their votes in the various constituencies around Mumbai include Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Congress candidate for Mumbai North Urmila Matondkar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Hema Malini, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, the Bachchans and many more.
Many industrialists like Anand Mahindra, Gautam Singhania, Mukesh's brother- Anil Ambani along with their families were seen casting their votes as well through the day.
Here are a few of their reactions when they interacted with the media outside their polling station.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher commented:
"If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.” To cast your vote is the most empowering feeling in the world.
BJP MP candidate for Mumbai North Central Poonam Mahajan said:
"I have seen in first-time voters and second-time voters, they are enthusiastic. Hundreds of people studying outside are coming back and voting."
Actress Sonali Bendre said:
"This is our right and there is nothing like democracy. It is a boom and the gift that is given to us; we just have to keep it going. Each and every vote matters so please come out and vote, and this is what my opinion is".
Mumbai is currently voting in a single phase on April 29. The Indian general election is currently being held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on 23 May, and on the same day, the results will be declared.