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RAE BARELI: Rural women dressed in shocking-pink and bright-yellow sarees, as they would to a village fair, were on Thursday a sight to behold as they went to exercise their franchise in the Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is seeking a third successive term in Parliament from this Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough; she also won a by-election here in 2006.
The Bahujan Samaj Party’s R.S. Kushwaha and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s R.B. Singh are the other candidates. The Samajwadi Party is not in the fray.
The outcome is expected to be on predictable lines. Even workers of the BSP and BJP camps concede it is a one-sided contest.
As the women dressed in their traditional best headed for the polling booths in the primary school polling station in Sarrawan village in Harchandpur (reserved) Assembly segment, it was clearly festival time for them. The heat wave sweeping the area did not deter them from casting their votes.
The large turnout of women was not confined to the rural areas. In the SJS School polling station in Rae Bareli Sadar Assembly segment situated in the heart of town, several woman voters had brought their small children to the polling stations. As the little ones made merry in the kindergarten section, their mothers stood in the queue.
With a population of around 15,000, Takiya is a predominantly Muslim locality in Rae Bareli Sadar and has often been described as a Congress stronghold. Feverish activity was witnessed on Thursday as the voters — burqa-clad Muslim women and the male members of the area — made a beeline for the Wasi Naqvi National Inter College polling centre.
There were, however, voices of protest from many who were denied the opportunity to vote. Shahid Hussain, sporting two voter identity cards, said: “My name is in the electoral rolls with the polling officer, but I was not allowed to vote.”
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