Gujarat Elections 2017: A bride-to-be was spotted standing in line waiting to cast her vote
A bride-to-be who left her haldi
ceremony to cast her vote during the first phase of the state elections in Gujarat
today has captured the Internet's imagination. Pictures tweeted by news agency ANI
show Fenny Parekh standing in line to cast her ballot in Surat's Katargam. Dressed in a resplendent yellow saree
, Ms Parekh smiles widely at the camera and shows off her voter ID card in one picture. With her hair tied back in a tight top knot and her face covered in bright yellow haldi
, Ms Parekh makes for quite a sight.
ceremony is a pre-wedding ritual that sees a paste of haldi
, or turmeric, applied to a bride or groom's body.
Ms Parekh's presence at the polling station has provoked mixed reactions on Twitter, with some praising her "dedication to democracy" and others calling the move an "attention-seeking" stunt.
"Kudos," tweets one person. "What dedication to democracy," tweets another followed by a smiley face emoji.
"Voter ID card ke
? (Will she match her Voter ID photo?)" wonders one person. "Election Commission officials will struggle." She could have washed her face before coming, there would still be plenty of time left to vote, tweets another, calling Ms Parekh's move "attention-seeking."
But Ms Parekh wasn't the only bride spotted at a polling booth in Gujarat today.
Earlier, ANI tweeted pictures of a couple who turned up at a polling booth in Bharuch to cast their votes - before their wedding ceremony.
Gujaratis today voted in the first phase of the polls
to elect their next government. Assembly elections are being held in two phases. The second phase of polling will take place on December 14. Votes will be counted on December 18.
According to the Election Commission, 2.12 crore people were eligible to vote
in the first phase of the election in Gujarat. And if these pictures are anything to go by, people really took their civic duties seriously.
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