New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 19: 23-year-old conjoined twins-Sabah and Farah exercised their voting rights for the first time in Patna's Samanpura locality as two separate voters.
In 2015 assembly polls in Bihar, Sabah and Farah, then 19, cast their votes on a single voter identity card.
The twins are enrolled for voting in the Digha assembly segment under the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency. Each of them polled their votes and expressed happiness thereafter.
The Election Commission of India on its official Twitter handle shared their story recently with the hashtag #Chunavkikahaniyan.
In the high profile parliamentary seat, Congress candidate actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha is pitted against Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The twins cannot be denied their individuality on account of the way they are physically. They have different minds, different opinions and choices. Therefore, this time they have been issued separate voter ID cards and they will be allowed to cast their votes by turns, District Magistrate, Patna, Kumar Ravi had told PTI on Saturday.
He said the reason why they had been treated as a single voter could have been that it has to be a secret ballot and no other individual is supposed to be present when one is casting his or her vote. However, the twins are conjoined in such a way that their heads are turned, always, in opposite directions. So there should not be much of a problem.
Polling began Sunday morning for 59 Lok Sabha seats in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls to decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to retain the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh.
Voting is underway in all 13 seats in Punjab and an equal number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat Chandigarh.
With Agencies, Pic Google