Delhi Polls: Priyanka Gandhi's Son Rehan Rajiv Vadra Votes For First Time (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Dressed in a simple off-white sweatshirt and blue denims, Rehan Rajiv Vadra quietly arrived at the Lodhi Estate polling booth. The teenage son of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and businessman Robert Vadra voted for the first time during the Delhi Assembly Elections on Saturday. As soon as he stepped out of the polling booth, the young Vadra was seen beaming with smile. “Nice feeling to take part in the democratic process... Everyone should have access to public transport and it should be subsidised for students,” Rajiv Rehan Vadar was quoted as saying. “Everyone should come out and vote. It is extremely important. Don't be lazy,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said after casting her vote. (LIVE UPDATES)
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 14.75 per cent voter turnout in the first three hours of polling on Saturday with long queues of voters being seen outside many booths as the day progressed. Over 1.47 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates in 70 assembly constituencies which are seeing a triangular contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), opposition BJP and the Congress. Poll officials said 14.75 per cent votes were cast in the first three hours of voting, which began at 8 am. Polling will end at 6 pm. Former vice president Hamid Ansari and senior RSS leader Ram Lal were among those who queued up outside the Nirman Bhavan polling station in the first hour of voting.
Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, who is eyeing to repeat his party's 2015 assembly performance, voted at the Rajpur Transport Authority polling station in the Civil Lines area. Kejriwal, who is contesting the polls from the New Delhi seat, was accompanied by his wife Sunita and son Pulkit. Before leaving for voting, he sought his parents blessings.
President Ram Nath Kovind, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also exercised their right. Union Ministers S Jaishankar, Hardeep Singh Puri were also among those who cast their vote. Minutes before polling began, Kejriwal tweeted, "Please go to cast vote. A special appeal to all the women - As you shoulder the responsibility at home, likewise, the responsibility of the country and Delhi is on your shoulders."
(With Agency Inputs)