Thiruvananthapuram | For the first time, a state governor has exercised his franchise in Kerala.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and his wife cast their votes at a booth in the Vattiyoorkavu assembly constituency Monday.
Despite having a privilege to walk up direct to the booth to vote, the Governor preferred to line up in the queue.
Later, speaking to reporters, Justice Sathasivam said as a first citizen (of the state), I request all citizens to come and vote. This is my humble request.
Former Meghalaya Governor M M Jacob also cast his vote.
Among the early voters were CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and LDF’s Chief Ministerial aspirant Pinarayi Vijayan, senior Congress leader A K Antony, IUML leader and Industries Minister P K Kunhaikutty and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP and actor Suresh Gopi.
Film stars Mammotty, Dileep, Sreenivasan and Dulquer Salmaan cast their votes in various constituencies in Ernakulam district.
93-year-old CPI (M) leader V S Achutanandan was seen visiting various booths in his Malampuzha constituency in the morning. He said heavy rush of voters in booths and the rains were a sign of good tidings to come. Rains are a blessing for the parched farmlands in Palakkad, he said.
Even before polling began at 7 am, people had begun queuing up at various booths. Some parts of the state received rain showers this morning. At least 52,000 police personnel have been deployed across Kerala for the smooth conduct of the polls, with 3176 polling stations being identified as ‘sensitive, critical and vulnerable’, including 119 in naxal affected areas of four districts. There are 21,498 regular polling stations and 148 auxiliary polling booths across the 140 assembly segments in the state.