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'There is hardly anyone on the road'

April 23, 2009 correspondent A Ganesh Nadar and Photographer Uday Kuckian track the polling process in election booths across Bhopal.

At 0600 hours on April 23, the hall at the ground floor of the Hotel Palash Residency is buzzing with activity. Breakfast is being packed in cardboard boxes.

"It is for the government staff on election duty in polling booths. This lot we have to deliver to the election office at 0730 hours. Then we will deliver lunch at 1300 hours," says a young boy at the reception. The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department runs the hotel.

0700 hours: A young man comes out of the polling booth. "My name is Mubin. I came early because I am an autorickshaw driver and have to go make some money. There is hardly anyone on the road. Looks like a holiday."

Image: Hotel staff arrange meals for government staff on election duty.

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