Srikanth refutes claims that he inked his finger without casting a vote
The actor tells us he cast his vote in the wrong constituency due to a confusion about his polling booth
Earlier today, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo announced that actor Srikanth had not cast his vote in the recent elections and had only inked his finger. The confusion apparently arose as the actor had cast his vote in the wrong polling booth, which did not have his name in the voters' list.
Speaking to us, Srikanth said he has not received any form of warning or intimation from the Election Commission regarding this issue. The actor assured that he did, in fact, cast his vote on polling day. "Ever since I was eligible to vote, I've been casting my vote at Cauvery School, Saligramam. So this time too I thought it would be the same polling booth and went there on polling day. I stood in the queue along with others and finally entered the booth, only to find that my name was missing in the voters' list."
It was apparently the polling officer who suggested an alternate procedure to cast his vote in the same booth. "The officer said that I was eligible to vote in the same booth, after verifying my voter ID and Aadhar Card. He said my name would have been misplaced in other booths within the same school and they weren't able to spot it. So, he made a note of it and took my thumbprint to complete the procedure. The ones who claim that I haven't cast my vote can verify my thumbprint in the government ledgers."
Srikanth added that he found out only later through the Voter Help Line app that his actual polling booth was in Valluvar Kottam, which interestingly belongs to a different constituency.