Sagar citizens beat the heat, voters turnout at 61.70%
   Date :08-May-2024

Sagar citizens beat the heat 
Our Correspondent
Polling went off peacefully in Sagar Lok Sabha seat. Till 5.00 pm, 61.70 percent voter turnout was recorded. Till 6.00 pm those voters who were inside the polling booth campus were allowed to vote. Upto 5.00 pm, voters turnout in Assembly segments coming under Sagar Lok Sabha seat were: Beena - 61 percent, Khurai - 63 percent, Kurwai - 66.50 percemt, Naryawali - 56.60 percent, Sagar - 53.07 percent, Shamshabad - 64.24 percent, Sironj - 66.38 percent, Surkhi - 62.67 percent. At polling booth no 22 in Khurai, Presiding Officer fell ill and at another polling booth Presiding Officer Surendra Singh Uikey fell unconscious hence both officers were rushed to hospital. Voters of all age groups, specially first time voters, were enthusiastic to give their vote. Small children who accompanied their parents to the polling booths were asked to wait outside polling booths. Collector, Sagar Deepak Arya and SP Abhishek Tiwari saw them and gave chocolates to them and educated them to give their vote when they reach 18 years age like their parents are doing so.
At polling booth no 48, three generations of a family reached the polling booth to cast their vote. 75-year-old Maina Jain despite being suffering from several diseases came to vote with her son Rajesh Singhai, daughter-in-law Deepa Singhai, and grand daughter. Maina Jain informed that on Tuesday it was her birthday and she is happy to discharge her duty of being a citizen of this country. She appealed to other to give their vote as it is their duty. Additional Collector and DDRO Rupesh Upadhyaya, CEO, district panchayat PC Sharma, visited polling booths of remote areas. They interacted with polling teams deployed in the polling in far flung villages. CEO PC Sharma visited polling booths in villages of Khurai, Beena, Mandi Bamora while DDRO Rupesh Upadhyaya visited polling booths in villages of Surkhi assembly segment. In Surkhi assembly segment, polling teams were served food as per their choice and all were happy with the arrangements. CEP, Janpad Ram Shriram Soni informed that all basic facilities were arranged in the polling booths for polling teams and then as team members demanded they were served chapatti, pulse, green vegetable, papad, mango pickle, chutney and other items.
Rajkumar Samiaya stays with his son at Mumbai but to cast his vote he came to Sagar with his wife. He was asked by security personnel to directly come to vote as being senior citizen they do not need to wait in a queue but he politely refused, stood in queue, waited for his turn to give his vote. Voters have show enthusiasm to vote since voting started in morning at 7 am. As it was hot hence in morning hours long queue were seen outside at most of the polling booths. At village Genhuraas Bujurg coming under Surkhi assembly segment, a bridegroom came to give his vote. Sudhanshu Ahirwar marriage is on May 8 and hence pre-wedding rituals were in progress but he took time to go and vote. It may be mentioned that polling booth no 177 at Govt High School at Genhuraas Bujurg was transformed into a model polling booth. Here a big tent like a marriage function was erected for the convenience of voters. Toys were arranged by anganwadi centre for children of voters to play while their parents cast their vote. Ayush and Health Department arranged for first aid services. High School arranged water cooler of polling teams and BLO set up a Voter Facility Counter.