Differently-abled people feel empowered as they vote for MCD polls

Cleanliness and development are the two major issues differently-able people voted for. Some of them have not missed a single election from the last few years

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Being confined to a wheelchair or needing crutches did not stop Delhi residents with disabilities from joyfully showing up at the polls on Sunday to cast their vote in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election.

 “Every vote matters,” said Praveen ), 59, whose family brought him to the booth on a wheelchair.

Cleanliness was the main issue in his mind when he cast the vote. He emphasised that voters should exercise their right.

Hari Om (70) arrived at the polling booth holding crutches. 

“There are many issues in our area and I don’t know whether they will be addressed. But I knew I had to ensure that my vote counts,” he said.

The AAP, the BJP, and the Congress are considered as being in a three-way race for the high-stakes civic election in Delhi.

The election for the 250 MCD wards has a voter turnout of over 1.45 crore, and the outcomes may have effects beyond the national capital.

Fifty-five-year-old Ramu Yadav, who is visually impaired, said he felt empowered casting his vote.

Kamal Kishore, who has been paralysed for 15 years, arrived at the voting location early. The Constitution has granted us this privilege, and we should use it because every vote counts, he said.

Khulbhushan Gupta, 84, arrived in a wheelchair and claimed not to have missed any recent elections.”

He added that voting makes him feel strong, self-assured and confident.

Development was in his mind when he cast the vote. 

“I want my locality to be further developed and equipped with all the facilities it deserves,” he said.

 

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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