100-year-old woman arrives in wheelchair to vote

Odisha Politics

Cuttack: A 100-year-old woman set an example for others by casting her vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the country on Monday in Cuttack district.

Padmabati Nayak, a resident of Kusunupur under Kurujang gram panchayat in Mahanga block in Cuttack district, was among the thousands of voters who queued up to exercise her franchise.

Nayak, who has attended public meetings of Mahatma Gandhi held in front of Salaro Mutt at Salaro in Kendrapada district during the latter’s Odisha visit, was perhaps the oldest woman in the State to cast her vote during the fourth phase of polling at a booth number 168 in Mahanga Assembly segment under Kendrapara Parliamentary constituency.

The grand old woman was brought to the polling station at the Kusunupur Primary School on a wheelchair by her grandson Abhidutta Baral, a techie, to assert her democratic right.

Both the grandmother and grandson were excited to cast exercise their democratic rights.

“I am very happy to have voted in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. It is the duty of every responsible citizen to vote wisely,” said an elated Nayak.

“We, the so called educated youths should learn from the grand old lady and participate in the electoral process to chose a good leader thereby strengthening not only the democracy but also our future,” said Abhidutta.

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