Elections 2024: Celebrities and elderly among star voters today

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Prominent citizens urged the public to exercise their voting rights despite the weather conditions.

Karnataka registered a voter turnout of around 64.51 percent as the state went into its first phase of Lok Sabha elections. As 14 Lok Sabha constituencies out of the total 28 cast their votes today, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian Men’s Cricket Team Head Coach Rahul Dravid, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, and actor Yash were among the big names that exercised their right.

Casting her vote at BES College, Jayanagar, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said “Everyone should come out of their homes to cast their votes. This election is definitely on the grounds that people want stable, good leadership to take over. It can’t be on the grounds that I don’t like somebody so I don’t want that somebody. Political parties will have to give good proposals,” the Hindustan Times reported.

Infosys founder Narayana Murthy also cast his vote in Jaynagar despite his ill health. He was accompanied by his wife and Rajya Sabha MP Sudha Murthy. They urged the citizens, especially the youth to exercise their constitutional right.
After casting his vote, Indian Cricket Team Coach Rahul Dravid also asked the citizens to come out and vote in large numbers.
Cricketer Anil Kumble also cast his vote today.
Actor Prakash Raj said that his vote is for the candidate who he believes is best to represent him and would work for development and change.
Actor Yash casting his vote in Hoskerehalli said that he expects a lot as a citizen and that the government should focus on empowerment without interference.
Actor Rakshit Shetty also cast his vote today in Udupi. He said that people must examine what their leaders have done in the past five years and choose the candidate who would lead them to the dream they have for the country.
Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw took to X (formerly Twitter) to announce that she had cast her vote.
Aside from celebrities, voters traveled long distances to cast their votes, with some even making it to polling stations despite their ill health.
Divya Kamat took to social media to share that she travelled from abroad to cast her vote for the ongoing Lok Sabha election in Bengaluru and urged others to vote as well.
A 104-year-old voter also flew in from the UK to cast her vote in Padmanabhanagar. Dr. C.N. Manjunath called her an inspiration.

Except at a few polling stations, the citizens said that the facilities prepared for the voters were up to the mark pointing out to the crowd management and availability of wheelchairs for elderly voters.

Karnataka will go to polls on May 7 for its second phase of elections.

Lovely Tyagi contributed to this story.