127-year-old man rides up to vote in Himachal

May 13th, 2009 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Shimla, May 13 (IANS) Bhadaru, a 127-year-old man who is the oldest voter in Himachal Pradesh, rode a horse to the polling station to exercised his franchise Wednesday, an official said.
“Bhadaru voted at the polling station number 35 in the Kasumpti constituency that comes under the Shimla parliamentary constituency,” state’s chief electoral officer Anil Khachi told IANS.

The polling station was four km from Bhadaru’s house and he travelled on horseback to cast his vote.

He apparently didn’t like reporters’ queries about his age. “Why are you asking me again and again about my age? I am not getting (old age) pension. I don’t know why it stopped and when. The Congress government was good in administration.”

He refused to reveal who he voted for in this election but said he had “voted for Jawaharlal Nehru in the first election (1952)”.

As per electoral rolls, 2,003 voters in Himachal Pradesh are above 90, of which 800 have crossed 100.

From the Shimla constituency, Virender Kashyap of the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is pitted against the sitting MP, Dhani Ram Shandil of the Congress.

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