Woman, on oxygen support, travels 330 kms to cast her vote in Jharkhand
On the last day of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, 59-year-old Renu Mishra from Jharkhand’s Dumka became an example of grit, determination and fighting against all odds to exercise one’s democratic right to vote.
Mishra, whose lungs were thoroughly damaged following acute bronchitis and survives on continuous oxygen support, travelled over 330 kms from Kolkata to cast her vote at booth number 43 of Dumka club under the Dumka parliamentary constituency.
“As long as I am alive, I will be using my democratic right to contribute towards nation building,” said Mishra.
A headmistress at the upgraded Khajuria middle school in Dumka, Mishra was admitted to the World Health hospital in Dumka on January 23, following complaints of respiratory problems.
“When she came to know that Dumka will go to polls on May 19, she told me to arrange for her journey to Dumka,” Batsal said.
Batsal requested the Dumka administration if it could arrange for an ambulance and other medical facilities for her at their residence at Lal Pokhra in Dumka.
“We received her application around May 12 and were influenced to see her commitment. So we arranged for all the medical facilities she required,” said Dumka deputy commissioner Mukesh Kumar.