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89-year-old says his vote is for better India

Saurav Roy  Ranchi, April 17, 2014
First Published: 23:27 IST(17/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:33 IST(18/4/2014)

He voted for Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s government in 1951, since then he has never skipped voting for the Lok Sabha.

Meet Gurwachan Singh, 89, who voted for the 16th time since he came to India from Punjab in Pakistan after 1947 partition. Singh, now supported by his son, runs a hotel in Ranchi. At his age he could barely talk or stand without support, but he ensured that he did not miss out on casting his vote and is enthusiastic about bringing a Modi government to the throne.

“I can barely walk without support, but I have come to vote to ensure that the BJP comes to power and ends mass corruption in the country,” Singh said.

Talking about undivided India, he said that the state of affairs then was very different - corruption was less and humanity existed. He stressed that today’s India needs a revolution or else the country would become a haven for goons, fraudsters and corrupt people.

When asked why Modi?

Singh said, “India desperately needs a Modi-like leader. He will not be influenced by political pressure and neglect the welfare of common public like other leaders has done in the past.”

At the polling booth he was accompanied by his family of 11 members who helped him reach the polling machine and exercise his franchise.  “I am voting here for a better India, not particularly for Ranchi. To ensure a corruption-free Ranchi, the initiative has to be taken from the center,” Singh said.

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