Veteran BJP leader LK Advani had recently written on his blog that 'elections were the festivals of democracy'. Polling booth 126 in Baraut, Baghpat in Western Uttar Pradesh has taken this sentiment literally by welcoming the voters with flowers being showered at them and 'Dhol' being played by local NCC cadets, celebrating the world's largest democracy.
Watch here the video in which surprised voters walk into the polling booth to their celebrating welcome brigade:
Netizens have appreciated this effort to encourage more voters to cast their vote and express their fundamental right, tweeting:
In Baghpat, Union Minister Satyapal Singh, the sitting lawmaker MP, will contest against RLD's Jayant Chaudhary on Thursday in the Lok Sabha polls.
The first phase of polling is underway where 1285 candidates are contesting 91 seats in 1,69,400 polling centres spread across 18 states and two union territories on April 11, Thursday. Polling in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Uttarakhand (5), Meghalaya (2) and Arunachal Pradesh (2) besides lone seats in Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep is being held.
Eight seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, six in Bihar, five in Assam, four in Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one seat in Chhattisgarh are also going to polls.
The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections will be held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases, with the counting of votes scheduled for May 23. The results of the Lok Sabha polls will also be declared on May 23.