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Elderly, first-timers among eager voters in Delhi

The pleasant morning weather brought Delhiites out of their homes, with long queues made up mostly of elderly, women and enthusiastic first-timers eager to cast their votes at polling booths across the city today.

delhi Updated: May 07, 2009 13:22 IST

The pleasant morning weather brought Delhiites out of their homes, with long queues made up mostly of elderly, women and enthusiastic first-timers eager to cast their votes at polling booths across the city today.

With the heat factor playing in their minds, a large number of people reached the election booths as soon as voting commenced at 7 am. The minimum temperature in the morning was 24.8 degree Celsius, making it easier for women and senior citizens to venture out.

The youngsters exercising their franchise for the first time were specially excited to get the indelible ink mark on their forefingers.

While the roads wore a deserted look making it convenient for the commuters, the polling booths saw a swell of people with voters making a beeline to cast their ballots.

Even age could not dampen the spirit of the voters. One could see elderly couples holding hands progressing towards their respective booths in various parts of the city.

91-year-old Vishambar Das who came along with his 80-year-old wife Krishnawati to vote, said "I came with a desire that government should do good work and should work for people like us."

Voting since the first general elections in 1952, Praduymn Prasad, 86, summed up the mood, saying "even though the situation is deteriorating, I still have faith in democracy. If not for myself, I will vote for the next generation."