New Delhi, Feb 8 : Despite severe agitations against the newly amended citizenship law from the past two months, long queues were witnessed on Saturday outside polling stations in the Jamia Nagar area including Shaheen Bagh.
People, in large numbers, gathered outside the Shaheen Public School, to exercise their franchise, even half an hour before the polling started. Since morning, the woman voters were seen performing their democratic duty with enthusiasm. Okhla constituency has so far witnessed a 31 per cent voter turnout till 1645 hrs.
Makeup artist Hina Ahmed, who has been involved in the protests at Shaheen Bagh said that people are voting keeping in view good education and a safe environment for the coming generations. Another woman, Shaista, said that she has come to vote with the hope of creating mutual harmony and brotherhood. He said that elections will keep on coming, but that there should be mutual interaction in society. "This is the most important", she asserted.
Apart from Shaheen Bagh, long queues were there at all polling stations in Batla House. Similarly, in the middle school of Jamia Millia Islamia, there are long queues of people at four booths, even at twelve o'clock in the day. Polling is going on peacefully at all polling stations in Jamia Nagar including Shaheen Bagh. There has been no report of any untoward incident or disturbance from any polling station.
Additional security forces were deployed in and around the Jamia Nagar area as the Election Commission had listed it under sensitive category. Along with Delhi Police, Home Guards have been deployed and a large number of paramilitary forces and Rapid Action Force have been placed on reserve at Jamia and Julena. Police officers are continuously patrolling on cars and bikes in Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar areas to maintain security. (UNI)