127-year-old Bhadru casts his vote in Shimla

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Shimla, May 14 (ANI): A record of sorts was witnessed at polling booth at Mateiyan Majjhar in Shimla, when 127-year-old Bhadru exercised his electoral franchise alongside hundreds of other first time voters in the elections to the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Age or distance did not deter the centenarian-plus Bhadru, a resident of Kuthar-Juggar village from casting his vote.

He treaded along a distance of four kilometres with the help of his family members to reach the polling booth at Mateiyan Majjhar.

This gesture by Bhadru comes at a time when many youth have been shying away from the electoral process by contending that the politicians only promise and do nothing.

Bhadru spoke about the problems faced in his locality.

"There is no road, no water. The water had come in between but again something happened and the water doesn't come any more," said Bhadru.

Meanwhile, several young voters had turned up at their respective polling booths to cast there votes and indeed, they were excited at the prospect of voting alongside Bhadru.

"It's a very proud moment for me as I am voting alongside a 127 year old man. Looking at the problems here, it gives an impression that the government is doing nothing. I study in a college at Shimla. In order to take a bus I have to walk for 15 kilometres. There is no water connection to our neighbourhood. I am voting so that the coming government understands our problems," said Narendra, a first time voter.

The counting of votes will take place on May 16. The 543-member House will be constituted before June 2. (ANI)

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