Jamnagar, Dec 11 (UNI) Police today arrested a 61-year-old man from Khambaliya town's ST bus stand, about 56 km from here, and seized from him 16 photo ID election cards.
The man, identified as Mohammad Alibhai, was booked under section 130 of the Peoples Representation Act 1951.
In Patelka village of Dwarka district, people today boycotted the state assembly elections to protest against non-fulfilment of long-pending demand.
The village has no high school, and the villagers had been demanding one for a long time. Since local authorities were not acting on their plea, they had given an ultimatum: give us the school or no voting.
A Returning Officer in Dwarka confirmed that not a single vote was cast today from 0800 hrs to 1600 hrs.
A report reaching here from Rajkot said many physically- and visually-challenged people, besides, first timers turned up at polling booths to cast their votes.
Twenty-year-old Meera Parmar was quite exited as she turned up for the first time to cast her vote in Jasdan constituency.
Meera told UNI ''I prefer to cast my vote to a good candidate irrespective of party affiliation.'' Another 19-year-old-girl Megha Shah, who is pursuing Third year BCom, said was happy to punch her choice of candidate in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). She exercised her franchise in Gondal constituency. A 67-year-old handicapped man, Vasantrai Naranji Shukla, who arrived at Booth No 65 of Gondal constituency with a wooden stick to support his frail body to cast his vote, said that two years ago he had a paralytic attack due to which his one hand and leg did not work.
A couple in their late 80s--Hari Vagha and his wife Radhiben --- arrived at booth No 284 in Rajkot-rural constituency to use their franchise. Both admitted that they are using this right since long but did not give any hint about whom they voted.
Nearly 2,500 blind men excercised their franchise in Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Jamnagar and Kutch, said National Association for Blind secretary of Bhavnagar unit.
Elderly people, mostly women, in large numbers at some polling stations of Dhoraji and Jetpur turned out to cast their votes and longe queues were seen at those booths.