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Dignitaries, politicians and wrestlers line up to cast their votes

Several dignitaries, including President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, and politicians cast their votes in the national capital, while in Haryana on Saturday, many prominent wrestlers like Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt exercised their franchise in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls. .

In the penultimate round, 58 parliamentary constituencies in eight states and Union Territories went to the polls. At the same time, elections were also held for 42 seats in Odisha.

Here are snapshots of the day:

** President Murmu cast her vote at a women-only polling booth – decorated in pink and white colors – in the President’s estate, while Vice President Dhankhar voted at the CPWD service center polling station on North Avenue in Delhi.

**Several politicians, including Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, were seen at polling stations in Delhi along with their family members.

** Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar cast his vote in Delhi along with his family. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud also voted in the national capital.

** In Haryana, prominent wrestlers like Phogat, Dutt and Reetika Hooda were seen lining up outside the polling booths.

** In Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Sultan, a senior citizen, attracted a lot of attention when he came to a polling station on horseback.

** In Delhi, specially designed pink and model booths were a hit among voters, who not only cast their votes with ease but also enjoyed clicking selfies on election day. Creches were also set up in some cabins.

** Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Priyadarshee Panigrahi, son of former parliamentarian and Odisha minister Sriballav Panigrahi, traveled from Dubai to cast his vote in the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha.

** In Odisha, an elderly woman voter who fell ill at a polling booth in the Bhapur area of ​​the Nayagarh assembly segment died in a hospital, while a poll worker died at a booth under the Hindol assembly segment of the Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seat.

**There were reports from parts of Odisha that a large number of people expressed frustration over restrictions on carrying mobile phones to polling booths, with some returning without casting their votes.

** In a bid to increase voting percentage in urban booths in Jharkhand’s Ranchi, the district administration tied up with a bike taxi aggregator to provide free pick-and-drop facilities to voters.

**Jammu and Kashmir: People living along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sehar and Makri under Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency cast their votes without fear of cross-border shelling. On February 25, 2021, a renewed ceasefire between India and Pakistan came into effect, providing much-needed relief to the border residents.