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Voting is our duty, everyone should vote: Bhagwat opposes NOTA

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Mohan Thursday said voters should exercise their franchise for any candidate, instead of opting for the (NOTA) option available on the electronic machines (EVMs).

was talking to reporters after casting his vote in Maharashtra's constituency, where Union minister is the BJP's candidate.

"is our duty. Everyone should vote," the RSS chief said. Voters should not use the NOTA option, he added.

along with (RSS) arrived at a polling booth at in Mahal area here around 6.50 am.

Talking to after exercising his franchise, Bhagwat appealed people to come out to vote in large numbers.

"is necessary and a sacred responsibility of all. Vote for national security, development and identity," he said.

On the NOTA option, Bhagwat said one has to say what he/she wants. "Being quiet does not work. You have to say yes or no," he added.

Joshi also appealed people to support voting.

"People should express their choice," he said, and asked them to vote for the candidate whom they think is suitable.

"I hope the government elected after polls will work in the interest of the nation," he added.

Polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha began at 7 am in Maharashtra's seven constituencies - Nagpur, Wardha, Ramtek, Bhandara-Gondiya, Chandrapur, and

All these constituencies are located in the state's Vidarbha region.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 10:20 IST