Other than the actual Lok Sabha elections many interesting things keep happening on the sidelines, a case in point being these two polling officials who have gone viral on the Internet. They have gained sudden popularity and are receiving friend requests on social media and are being approached by total strangers for selfies and pictures. These two women polling officials have also been approached for TV interviews and are being followed back home.
Deoria based Reena Dwivedi and Bhopal based Yogeshwari Gohite are the two women who have gone viral. Reena was on duty in Lucknow when a photograph of her carrying an EVM was clicked by a fellow worker and posted online. Gohite also experienced something similar for the pictures taken on the polling day.
“I was married early but I had a career for myself. People like me and I am enjoying every moment of it. Who doesn’t like getting noticed? I am happy.” Dwivedi said.
“I was married early but I had a career for myself. People like me and I am enjoying every moment of it. Who doesn’t like getting noticed? I am happy.” Dwivedi said. She is 32 years old and is a junior assistant. She has been working with the UP state PWD department since 2013. Prior to working here, she had worked with the insurance sector.
Talking about the experience further Dwivedi said that the best reaction came from her son Aadit, a class 9 student. He asked her to make a video call to his friends so that they would believe him when he said that the women in the yellow saree was no one, but his own mother.
When speaking to TOI on Monday, Dwivedi had spoken about the experience. “This is not the first time that I was posted on election duty I have served at different centres in Lucknow in Lok Sabha 2014 polls and 2017 state elections. But a routine snapshot turned me into a celebrity.”
Now, she and her husband Sanjay would be going back to Deoria to cast their vote in the final phase of the 2019 elections. They will cast their vote on the May 19. “I am a firm believer in Indian democracy. I have never missed my duty to cast vote,” she said.
Yogeshwari Gohite, a bank official, was put for duty as a polling officer at the ITI polling station in Govindpura in Bhopal. As soon as she had arrived, news photographers clicked her photos, making her go viral before the end of the day.
When several journalists tried to speak to here to take an interview, she denied, saying that she was on duty. Talking to the TOI, she had said that she was quiet surprised by all the attention.
“I dress the way I like. I do not have any fashion role models. A dress should not define a woman. It is our professionalism and work ethics that should matter.”
She had said, “I dress the way I like. I do not have any fashion role models. A dress should not define a woman. It is our professionalism and work ethics that should matter.”
Despite taking a day’s leave on Monday, media managed to trace her address. “Everyone wants to take a selfie with me. I am getting friend requests by the minute. Soon, I think I would have to make my social media profile hidden and not open to the public,” said Gohite.
These two polling officers are all over news and social media.
Kavya Shah is an intern at SheThePeople.Tv