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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ludhiana’s 102-yr-old ex-police officer has never missed chance to vote

Gurbakhsh Singh, a former Punjab Police officer, who lives in Ludhiana, said he had participated in the first electoral process of Independent India in 1952. Even after his retirement in 1974, he continued to exercise his right to franchise.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 20, 2019 10:29 IST
Mohit Khanna
Mohit Khanna
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Centenarian Gurbakhsh Singh coming out of a polling station after casting his vote in Ludhiana on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the final phase of Lok Sabha Elections. (Gurminder Singh / HT Photo )

Gurbakhsh Singh, 102, a retired DSP from the Punjab Police, never missed out a chance to vote in any elections.

Gurbakhsh, who lives near Kochar Market Chowk in Ludhiana, said he had participated in the first electoral process of Independent India in 1952. Even after his retirement in 1974, he continued to exercise his right to franchise.

Sunday was no exception. Like any other day, he woke up early in the morning and offered prayers at a gurdwara in his locality and got ready to go for polling even as he faces difficulty in walking, his son Surinderbir Singh said.

“I decided to being the car in the porch for the convenience of my father. However, while reversing the vehicle, it collided with the window and the rear windscreen got damaged,” said Surinderbir.

He said the local election office was then requested for the pick-and-drop facility. “Though they assured us that a vehicle would soon come to pick him up, but none turned up.”

However, it did not deter the spirit of the centenarian and he went to the booth in the damaged car of his son.

However, the ordeal was not over yet. The vehicle was not allowed to enter the polling station at Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Jawahar Nagar. Instead of entering into any argument with anyone, the old man decided to walk and cast his vote.

Gurbakhsh was not alone, the tall claims of the election commission of providing pick-and-drop facility to the senior citizens proved to be mere eyewash as many senior citizens and differently abled people were found stranded at the polling centres across the city.

First Published: May 20, 2019 10:29 IST

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