ICC Hall of Famer Sachin Tendulkar cited the examples of three senior citizens over 90 years of age who expressed their intentions to vote in order to encourage citizens to exercise their right to vote. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, accompanied by his family, cast his vote on Monday in Mumbai and addressed the media shortly after he finished exercising his franchise. Citing a report he had read in a newspaper, Sachin Tendulkar gave three examples of a 94-year old, a 100-year-old and a 106-year-old citizen willing to come out and vote on the eve of elections in Maharashtra and said that when they could do so, the others should not shy away from doing so. Adding to the importance of voting, Sachin Tendulkar said that the exercise allowed the citizens to choose for a better tomorrow. Sachin Tendulkar requested the youngsters and all those who were eligible to vote to exercise their franchise and vote for whomever they thought were apt to represent them.
मतदान करणे आपल्या सर्वांचे कर्तव्य आहे. माझं मत मी नोंदवलं आहे, आपण सर्व सुद्धा मतदान करून या लोकशाहीच्या सोहळ्याचा भाग व्हा.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 21, 2019
Happy to have voted & fulfilled my responsibility. Let’s turn out in large numbers to vote & be part of a vibrant democracy.#MaharashtraAssemblyPolls pic.twitter.com/S1zQXtqEQc
In the wake of Assembly elections, over 40,000 police personnel have been deployed in Mumbai to ensure safety and security on polling day. Twenty-two companies of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) are deployed all over Mumbai, the Mumbai police spokesperson had said in a statement. Twelve companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) are also deployed. 2,700 home guards are also on the election duty. In various offences connected to the polls, actions were taken against 3,860 people under section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC) and against 1,279 people under section 110 of CRPC. According to sources, 270 polling stations have been declared critical. Strong security arrangements have been made for all of these polling stations.
In Maharashtra, a total of 8,98,39,600 people, including 4,28,43,635 women, are eligible to vote to elect the 288 members of the Legislative Assembly. As many as 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are contesting for 288 seats. 96,661 polling booths are in place with 6.5 lakh staff for the voting exercise. Counting for the polls will be held on October 24.