Nagpur: Following the rattling wheels of Kerala Express, the superfast Himsagar Express arrived at Nagpur Station with a strong ‘Vote in Lok Sabha elections’ message.
Passengers at Platform No. 1 greeted the superfast Himsagar Express, coming from Kanyakumari on Sunday and welcomed the awareness messages such as “No Voter To be Left Behind,” “Koi Matdata Na Chhute,” “Vote Karne Avashya Jaye,” “GoVote Call 1950” “Desh Ka Maha Tyohar” displayed on the coaches of the train. Many enthusiastic passengers clicked selfies with the brightly coloured and attractive messages. The train had also messages of icons Amir Khan, Rahul Dravid and Divyanka Tripathi who have appealed voters to exercise their franchise in the elections. The passengers also vowed to cast their votes in the polls.
Earlier last Saturday, Kerala Express with messages to vote in the elections was also welcomed at Nagpur Station by enthusiastic passengers and officials.
The Election Commission and Indian Railways joined hands to utilise four long distance trains for creating awareness among voters about the Lok Sabha elections. The four trains selected on the longest north-south and east-west routes are Kerala Express, Himsagar Express, Howrah Express and Guwahati Express. The trains would display important contact details including the voter helpline number and information about the National Voters Services Portal besides motivational messages urging people to vote.
The joint venture of Election Commission and Indian Railways was launched on Friday last at New Delhi Railway Station. Senior Election Deputy Commissioner Umesh Sinha flagged off New Delhi- Thiruvananthapuram Kerala Express (Train No. 12626) at 11.25 am. The Train displayed important contact for the citizens including the Voter Helpline number and the National Voters’ Services Portal besides motivational messages urging them to vote.
The Himsagar Express reached Nagpur on Sunday at 2.50 am. Election Nodal Officer (Nagpur City) Dr Ranjana Lade, Nagpur Railway Deputy Station Master (Commercial) A M Shrivastav, Deputy Station Master Rakesh Kumar welcomed the train. The officials appealed the voters to exercise their franchise in maximum number and ensure 100 percent voting in Lok Sabha elections.
Election Nodal Officer Dr Ranjana Lade flagged off Himsagar Express at 3 am on its onward journey for creating awareness at various destinations the train would cover. Others who were present on the occasion include Kapil Nagar Higher Secondary School Headmaster Rajendra Pusekar, Education Department’s Vinay Bagle, ZP’s Extension Officer Prabhakar Wagh, Vilas Lokhande, ZP’s Assistant Administrative Officer Mahesh Raut, Anand Ambekar and Ujjwala Bhoyar.