It is Arjun Meghwal’s birthday today. He reached early at polling booth to cast his vote. But EVM developed a snag.
Rajasthan assembly election: Union minister Arjun Meghwal standing in queue at a polling booth in Bikaner. (Photo: Anil Jaiswal)
Complaints of electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioning came in significant numbers from Rajasthan as well as Telangana as voters made beelines to cast their votes. At booth number 172 in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, Union minister and senior BJP leader Arjun Ram Meghwal had to stand in queue for about three-and-a-half hours before he could cast his vote.
EVM was not functioning properly at this Bikaner booth and Meghwal waited for his turn along with a large number of voters, who had started gathering at the polling centre since morning. Meghwal reached the polling booth at 8 am when the voting was scheduled to begin.
When Arjun Meghwal reached his polling centre, there was already a long queue outside the booth. Meghwal joined the queue and cast his vote at 11.30 am when his turn came. Voting had begun at this polling booth on time but as the election progressed the EVM developed a snag that took quite long before it could be fixed.
Incidentally, it is the birthday of Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Lok Sabha member from Bikaner parliamentary constituency and a minister of state in the Narendra Modi government holding portfolios of water resource and parliamentary affairs. Meghwal was born on December 7 in 1954.
Another interesting fact is that Meghwal cast his vote in the Rajasthan assembly election at the school he had studied in. This school had been converted into a polling booth for the Rajasthan assembly election.
Meghwal is known as the Dalit face of the BJP in Rajasthan, whose incumbent chief minister, Vasundhara Raje hails from an erstwhile royal family. Before joining politics, Meghwal was in administrative services.