The ongoing elections in Uttar Pradesh are not only keeping the political parties tensed, but there are some other people wishing the elections had never happened. There are a number of grooms whose marriages have been fixed during the elections and moreover, they have been assigned poll duties on their respective wedding days. A report in Hindi Daily Dainik Bhaskar says, these days a number of people are queuing up at the Lucknow Collecteriate to apply for leave from election duty. These include not just prospective grooms but some cancer patients also who have been assigned election duty.
One Ashish Gupta has his wedding scheduled on February 20, but he has been assigned the wedding duty on February 19 and 20. These days Ashish is making rounds of the Collector’s office to apply for leave, reports the daily. Like Ashish, there is one bank employee Anshul. His marriage on February 20 was fixed days before the announcement of elections in the state. Anshul is making all efforts he can to convince the officials to sanction his leave. Lucknow SDM Nidhi Srivastava told the daily that the administration would consider the applications of people who are really in need of leave.
Campaign by political parties has also led to another problem for the families of grooms and brides in the state. Frequent rallies by the political parties have led to a shortage of tents and family members of brides and grooms are forced to pay double for the tents, reports the daily.
The seven-phase assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will end with the announcement of results on March 11. The second phase of the elections is under way in the state today. Till 11 am, 24.14% voter turnout was recorded in the second phase of Uttar Pradesh elections. There are 67 out of 403 Assembly seats up for grabs in the western part of the state in this phase.
The districts where polling is on amid tight security arrangements are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal,
Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. Official sources said here that elaborate arrangements have been made for free and fair polling.
(With PTI inputs)