Mumbaikars queue up early at polling booths; Piyush Goyal, Anil Ambani, Akshay Kumar cast vote

Mumbai, May 20 (PTI) Polling booths in many parts of Mumbai witnessed brisk voting as soon as the polling began at 7 am on Monday in the six Lok Sabha constituencies here.

Among the early voters were Union minister Piyush Goyal, the BJP nominee from Mumbai North seat, and city Congress chief Varsha Gaikwad, who is contesting from Mumbai North Central seat.

The early voters also included industrialist Anil Ambani, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who exercised his franchise for the first time after his return to Indian citizenship, actor Janhvi Kapoor, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and Marathi theatre actor Prashant Damle.

Voters queued up in large numbers at the polling booths before 7 am.

“I decided to vote early to avoid the heat,” a voter said in Vile Parle.

Another elector said, “I wanted to vote and then leave for work.”

A voter in Bhandup claimed the enthusiasm among voters shows they want a change.

Congress candidate Varsha Gaikwad sported a band on her forearm with words “Main Samvidhan Rakshak” written on it and carried a copy of the Constitution to the polling booth.

Mumbai South seat Shiv Sena candidate Yamini Jadhav told reporters after voting that she has campaigned well over various issues.

“We are the real Shiv Sena,” she added.

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