NRI cancels flight to Dubai, exercises franchise in civic polls in Bhopal’s Jahangirabad

RAJESH THAKUR Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2022, 03:04 PM IST
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Junaid Uddin | FPJ

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

Putting democratic duty above personal obligations, an NRI canceled his international flight to Dubai, exercises franchise in civic polls in Bhopal’s Jahangirabad area on Wednesday.

Good number of voters reached to the polling station to cast their votes, but some returned empty hand as their names were not in the list.

Junaid Uddin (40) had came to meet his parents living in the area recently, but when he came to know that the civic polls are near and on Wednesday the polling will be done, he cancelled his international flight.

“I took a privilege to vote for my city and for my ward. I cancelled my flight which was scheduled on Wednesday and booked the other flight which is scheduled for Thursday”, he added.

He runs a perfume business in Dubai and lives with her two daughters, son and his wife.

Junaid claimed that a better corporator and mayor will surely change the working of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. “Our city finds rank in Swacchta ranking, but in real case dumps of garbage are laying in the ward, even the residents had filed the complaint to the CM, but nothing happened”, he alleged.

He also opined, “Hope good days may return back in which we used to live in harmony. In our house all the tenants are Hindu and we are not having any issues”.

Voting at MLB College

Pradhuman Gupta, hopes help in local issues

An MBA pass out and student of event management course, Pradhuman Gupta voted to get assistance in daily affairs.

“When we the youngsters votes, we have different ideas and philosophy for different level elections. If a election is related to member of parliament our priority is different, if it is for MLA, it will be different and for corporator it will be totally different”.

‘Not able to vote’

Samina Bi was not able to cast her vote, her name was not found in the list, although she was having the voter card, but it did not helped her to vote. “Many of the names are not in the list, names of my father, brother and husband are in the list, but my name is missing, why? She asked. Her husband Sahajad Uddin also cast his vote, but felt pity as her wife was not able to cast her vote.

‘The atmosphere in the area’

As many as four polling booths were established in the school premises, people are coming freely to cast their votes. Not many people were seen in the noon time at the polling stations. Police personnel keep on asking people to not to stand without work at the premises and they should leave once they had cast their votes.

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