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This 88-year-old Gurgaon resident has never missed voting since Independence

punjab Updated: Apr 12, 2014 10:59 IST

A day before the Lok Sabha elections in the state, Dropti Nagpal called her friends and relatives reminding them to cast their vote.

Nagpal, a resident of Sector 14, is 88 years old and has voted in every election since Independence.
“I have seen several general elections and I know that even one vote can make a difference. Women safety and civic amenities are the issues which need urgent attention. Infrastructure of the country also needs development,” she said.

She added that it is about time that the youth takes responsibility to vote for the right candidate.

“The children are enthusiastic about voting but it is equally important to vote for a candidate who will take our country forward. Discussions related to democracy and voting should be encouraged by parents in their households,” added Nagpal.

Nagpal was accompanied to the polling booth by her son and daughter-in-law who were in awe of her spirit.
“Since I was a kid I have seen my mother religiously going out and voting. She has always ensured that all our family members exercise this right to vote without fail. She is an inspiration to all of us. Because of her, even I haven’t missed a single general or assembly election,” said 58-year-old Sanjeev Nagpal, Dropti’s son.

The city has shown unprecedented enthusiasm which recorded a 70.5% voter turnout. This time, 18.3 lakh people were eligible to vote while 12.81 lakh actually exercised their right. In 2009 the total number of voters was 12.44 lakh. The upward swing in voting has happened due to an overall increase in voting, but mainly as voters of new Gurgaon came out to vote in good numbers. This section, mainly affluent and living in high-end condominiums, was earlier notorious for their apathy to voting.