Manisha Kashyap's marriage was scheduled almost a year back on February 18, 2017. So, when polling day coincided with the wedding, she decided to fulfill her democratic duty before going ahead with the 'Bidaai'.
Setting up an example, a Lucknow bride named Manisha has decided to leave for husband’s home only after casting her vote on February 19, which will mark the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. Manisha Kashyap’s marriage was scheduled almost a year back on February 18, 2017. So, when polling day coincided with the wedding, she decided to fulfill her democratic duty before going ahead with the ‘Bidaai’ ceremony on February 19, that is the polling day for Lucknow. “Few EC officials visited us & made us aware. That’s why I decided to do this. My in-laws are fully supporting this decision”, she said. “Every girl should understand her rights and she must raise her voice there and then if there is any issue,” Manisha added. In another such example, a 104-year-old voter had cast his vote in first phase of election, setting up an example for youth. “My name is Lakshmi Prasad Sharma, I am 104, I appeal you all to vote as I did, it our duty,” 104 year-old Laxman Prasad Sharma had said on camera.
The third phase of Assembly Elections will be held in 69 constituencies and about 2 crore 41 lakh voters will decide the fate of 826 candidates. In 2012, Samajwadi Party had won 55 of these 69 seats in the 2012 assembly polls. The contest in this phase will be a litmus test for Akhilesh Yadav-led SP with new faces. The 12 districts where polling is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. are Farrukhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 are taking place in the state between February 11 and March 8, 2017 in 7 phases. Uttar Pradesh has a total of 403 constituencies and a party needs 202 seats to prove majority. Samajwadi Party led by CM Akhilesh Yadav is currently the ruling party in the state. At a time when states barely see voting percentage going above 70 per cent, likes of Lakshmi Prasad Sharma and Manisha are surely an inspiration who defy their age and health to pay their duty for the country.