Jaipur, India (PressExposure) April 24, 2009 -- PM casts vote in Guwahati
Guwahati. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh returned to his adopted home here today after a gap of two years and cast his vote along with his wife Gurcharan Kaur.
He and Ms Kaur flew in a special aircraft and then in a helicopter from where they drove about two km in a convoy to cast their votes in a government school falling under Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency.
A non-descript two-storied school building became the most watched-out polling booth of the nation today as holding their identity cards and voters` numbers (258 & 259) both walked into the school along with other ordinary voters under watchful eyes of the SPG personnel.
The Prime Minister used his driving license to prove his identity as per the Election Commission (EC) rule.
Later, speaking to newsmen, he said he was confident of a UPA -led Congress government coming to power, but sidestepped all questions regarding the participation of the Left in the future government.
`` I am feeling great to come home after two years. I have no official business today except casting vote and I am really happy, `` said a relaxed Prime Minister, who later went to his rented accommodation at Sarumatoria near the polling booth and took rest for a couple of hours.
They have a rented accommodation within the premises of former Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia which he has been keeping since 1996 and regularly paying rent t o the landlady Dr Hemoprava Saikia, widow of late Saikia.
Today, however, the landlady was not there to receive him as she had gone to her native place Nazira to cast vote but her household looked after the Prime Minister and his wife, who went on to see their accommodation.
The house was taken on rent when Dr Singh was picked up as the Finance Minister by the former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, and Dr Singh got elected from the Rajya Sabha from Assam.
This morning the polling station, which houses the Dispur Government High School, has been turned into a fortress with security intensified to the optimum level ahead of the VVIP visit beside the whole area teeming with media personnel.
The last time he visited his rented house when Dr Singh had visited the state to file his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections in early 2007.
The Prime Minister`s failure to cast his vote in 2006 state elections, when he had left just a day ahead of elections with his wife had drawn criticism, prompting him not to repeat the lapse.