Poonch, Dec 2: For him, marriage could delay but not the festival of democracy. Meet Surjeet Singh, a local resident who delayed his Baraat to cast the ballot at Qazi Morah area in Haveli constituency here on Tuesday, when the second of the five-phase assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir was held. [71% turnout in Phase 2 of Jammu and Kashmir assembly election]
Dressed as the groom, Singh went to the polling centre to carry out his duty as the citizen of a democratic system. The staff members welcomed him while other voters standing in the queue allowed Singh to vote first. [J&K assembly election 2014 schedule]
Singh said his Baraat was due to travel to Jammu, which is over 220 kilometres, and was set to begin at 7 am. But he decided to cast his vote first and asked his friends who were part of the Baraat also to cast their ballot. "Not voting will mean I will miss the opportunity for another six years and I did not want that," Singh said.
"Missing vote means I had to wait for another 6 years which I didn't want"
The second phase of the assembly election saw 71 per cent turnout. Eighteen seats went to the election in this phase.