Elderly voters set example for 'disinterested' youth

Elderly voters set example for 'disinterested' youth

A few elderly persons, some of them nonagenarians, cast their votes at a polling booth in Chinnadagudi Hundi under Nanjangud Assembly (reserved) constituency on Sunday.

They defied age-related issues to participate in the democratic process and thereby setting a fine example for the youth, who, not all though, are disinterested in exercising their franchise.

Meet Madegowda, a 94-year-old youngster from Chinnadagudi Hundi, walked into the booth and cast his vote without any assistance. Madegowda told reporters that he had exercised his franchise in over 40 elections to Assembly, Parliamentary and to the local bodies.

Mallegowda, who is aged about 85 years, also never missed an opportunity to cast his vote in the elections since Independence. “My vote is my right and duty and I don’t want to miss out on my right to elect a representative of my choice. If I don’t vote, I lose the right to question the representative,” he says.

As Mallegowda is suffering from health issues, he was accompanied by his grandson to reach the polling centre. Similarly, many elderly people, both men and women, in parts of the constituency, despite their age-related issues, exercised their votes before the noon hour.

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