Prameela is now a citizen of Nepal on the basis of `Vaivahik Angikrit Nagrikta’ (acquired citizenship), but her name still exists in the Pariwar register of her village. And so does her identity card prepared by the Election Commission of India. She, too, will use it to cast her vote in Nanpara. “Hundreds of people will go across the border on Friday itself, so that they could vote on Monday . The number includes those who are citizens of Nepal and also the ones who are working here in various business establishments. The social ties between the people of the two sides are centuries old and then there is an open border between the two countries. So, it’s very difficult to monitor,“ says Krishna Adhikari, a senior journalist in Nepalgunj. His information comes with a request: “Please don’t identify them by asking for their voters’ identity card. There are hundreds of people doing it, so why identify one of them. It’s nothing like dual citizenship.They just have identity cards of the two countries to take benefits from both the sides.“ While there is a checkpoint between Nepalgunj and India, the porous Nepal border spread over seven UP districts is virtually open with SSB personnel keeping an eye on the movements. Take Chandu Khan, for example, crossing the border near Sirsiya in Shravasti to meet his brother, settled across in Badi Suia village of Nepal. His brother, Tariq, too is a voter in Sirsiya block of Shravasti.