Fighting the shadows of blasts that rocked the Capital two months ago, street hawkers at Beadonpura in Karol Bagh came out in large numbers to exercise their right to vote. This business community had lost 10 persons in the blast that took place in Gali number 42 on September 13.
The memories of the Delhi blasts are still fresh in their minds, but they have not given up hope. Pappu Pawar, who had cremated eight family members who were killed in the blast, was seen encouraging the rest of the people of his community to vote.
“I got up early in the morning to make sure I cast my vote and after that I was motivating the others to go out and vote,” said Pawar.
Some of the traders who were away to other cities also made sure that they come back to cast their votes.
“The loss of our family members is still fresh in our minds but that doesn’t give us an excuse to sit back. Though I was in Punjab on Friday, I decided to come back and cast my vote, so that we select a candidate who will serve us best,” said Shashi Bhushan, a trader dealing in handicrafts.
The voter turnout from Beadonpura area was reported to be 45 per cent.
Babli (35) and five members of her family came all the way from Rajasthan, where they had gone for business purpose, to make sure they did not lose out on their chance to vote.
“Though we had to spend a lot of money in getting back to Delhi, all of us wanted to vote. We get this opportunity once in five years so why not vote rather than waste it,” she said.