LokSabha 2019: Senior citizens exercise their right to vote

Team Sakal Times
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

It is observed that many youngsters treat voting day as a holiday. Instead, this one day when we can perform our duty and serve for our country.

PIMPRI: Nothing stopped the enthusiasm of senior citizens in the Maval constituency to exercise their vote. With walking sticks, barely able to walk, unable to communicate properly and overcoming other obstacles, senior citizens came out in large number to participate in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019 on Monday.

It is observed that many youngsters treat voting day as a holiday. Instead, this one day when we can perform our duty and serve for our country. And we (senior citizens) should enthusiastically keep voting to inspire our younger generation to come out and vote. They will be the one to reap from this in the future. However, this time, we have observed that many IT professionals had come to vote early in the morning. This is a good change,” 
— JS Deshpande (71), a resident of Ajmera, with wife Urmila (67)

I have observed the political changes from pre-independence India till now. Sadly, now politics is no more a healthy competition, unlike before when politicians gave a healthy competition to each other and didn’t try to defame each other. I would, in fact, request all youngsters to vote wisely understanding the intentions of a candidate
— Sumita Jejurikar (86), a resident of Morwadi

Earlier, the government’s way of functioning was different. It primarily focused upon the development of the country. But now, the dynamics of development has changed. The next government needs to focus on the environment with an aspect to retain and sustain it.
— Shobhana Tithe (80), a resident of Akurdi

I am just as excited to vote now as I was when I voted for the first time. Why should senior citizens not consider voting? I feel regardless of illness or inconvenience, we all should vote for a better India. I was ready since morning waiting to vote
— Manjulaben Joshi, 82, a resident of Ajmera

I have worked as a district election officer for many years and understand the importance of voting. I have been voting for the last 70 years without fail and this time I voted for a strong government.”
— Brahmdeo Narain Prasad (93), NIBM resident

Inputs: Pranita Roy, Neha Basudkar and Anvita Srivastava

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