Popular Bollywood singer and music composer Kailash Kher on Monday cast his vote in Mumbai and urged his fellow citizens to vote. "We live in a democracy and voting is important. We get angry about issues but when the day comes to choose a representative, we should not be lazy," said Kher donning his inked finger. The election to elect a new Legislative Assembly is currently underway.
Kailash Kher also sang a self-composed poem in Hindi giving his message to vote. "Har burai par har nukili chhot do, vote do, vote do, vote do... (Injure harm on every wrong, give vote give vote...)." He urged his fellow Mumbaikars and Maharashtrians to go out in large numbers and vote.
On the question of what he thinks are the issues in the assembly elections, Kher said, "Look, Mumbai is now getting better. I have been staying here for the past 15 years. There are thousands of issues, but today is the day when we use our minds and thoughts to vote and choose our representative."
In Maharashtra, where the 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena, and smaller parties is against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP, a total of 8,98,39,600 people, including 4,28,43,635 women, are eligible to vote. As many as 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are contesting in 288 seats and 96,661 polling booths are in place with 6.5 lakh staff for the voting exercise.
While the BJP has based its campaign in Maharashtra around the abrogation of Article 370, corruption charges on NCP and Congress leaders, and on Sangh patriarch Savarkar, the opposition tried to corner the BJP on the handling of the economy with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blaming the ruling party for the economic slowdown. The BJP, which is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra, is contesting in 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies contesting on its Lotus symbol, while Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats. On the other hand, the Congress and the NCP are contesting on an equal number of seats, that is 125 each.