Elderly come out in large numbers to cast vote

Last Updated 10 April 2014, 09:57 IST

Voters across all age groups and professions are coming out in a large number to cast their votes at polling booths of prestigious New Delhi constituency.

In the expanding queues at polling stations, senior citizens, judges and bureaucrats were seen waiting for their turn to vote.

80-year-old Balbir Singh, who has been voting for over 55 years, reached polling station number AC-40 in his wheel chair to exercise his franchise this morning.

"Every person should vote till his death as it is our fundamental right.I feel proud of myself by casting vote," Singh said.

Asked based on what issues he cast his vote, Singh said, "Corruption is very important issue, which we have to eradicate immediately from our country and second issue is development."

Mahender Singh (75) said he has been voting for 45 years. Singh believes that youth can change the system with the power of their votes.

"Election Commission is doing good job by encouraging our youths for their voting rights. I hope that the percentage of youth voting will increase manifold in this General election," he said.

The fight for the New Delhi constituency is being considered as one of the closest battles today. Some of the biggest players in Indian politics are facing off in a tightly-contested race to Lok Sabha.

Among those in fray are Congress Party incumbent Ajay Maken, Bharatiya Janata Party spokeswoman Meenakshi Lekhi, and journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan of the Aam Aadmi Party.

(Published 10 April 2014, 09:57 IST)

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