Their bodies and voices feeble, their vision blurring, but their resolve to vote indubitable. Defying the blazing sun, scores of senior citizens went to polling booths in several wards of Rajarajeshwarinagar zone of the BBMP on Sunday.
The Rajarajeshwarinagar Zone, which has 14 wards, has a number of unauthorised layouts, spread across Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnana Bharathi, Nagarabhavi, Kengeri, Hemmigepura, Ullalu, Uttarahalli, Vasanthapura, Kottigepalya and Herohalli. Gangamma (80), who has not missed voting in the elections for the last few decades, and who now needs a walker, cast her vote at a polling booth in Nagarabhavi ward.
“My children told me that my vote will decide on development in the city,” she told The Hindu when asked why she voted. “My desire to vote is undiminished,” she said.
Venkatappa (75) cast his vote in a booth at Ullalu with the help of his grandson. So too was the case of Narayanappa (85), who was brought by his grandson in an autorickshaw to vote.