Rashmi Rekha Das

At a time when many responsible citizens of our country are seen refraining from casting their votes citing different reasons, these differently-abled persons have set an example by inking their fingers during the Padampur by-polls.

For specially-abled voters of Padampur constituency, it is a matter of honour to exercise their democratic rights. Else, they would have stayed back and not come in wheelchair to make the democratic process more vibrant.

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Defeating their physical limitations, all of them came to the polling booths to cast their votes for the crucial bypoll.  Let’s meet a few of them who expressed elation and enthusiasm after casting their votes.

He cannot talk properly. Forget that. He cannot even walk properly. It is difficult to understand what he wants to say. But he did not retreat from exercising his democratic rights.

It was understood from his mother that he wanted to say- “The district administration has made elaborate arrangement for people like me to vote. My mother helped me reach the booth. I am really happy.”

It is learnt that the differently-abled man wanted to come to the polling booth on foot, his mother took him to the polling booths with the help of a wheelchair. 

Another wheelchair-bound girl’s happiness knew no bounds after she cast her vote. “I am very happy”, said the girl with much difficulty. She however thanked the state government for taking many initiatives to include people with disability in the electoral process. 

Reported by Manoranjan Joshi,OTV