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Centenarian defies age, casts vote in Kendrapara


Reported by Vishwanath Kumar
Kendrapara, Apr 17:

When it is election time in Odisha, nothing can stop Purosottam Nayak from reaching the polling booth. Not even his age.

Purusottam NayakThe 103-year-old freedom fighter of Kendrapara district takes great pride in exercising his franchise since the first general elections in the country  after independence way back in in 1952.

“I have been voting in every election without a break. As a citizen of the country, I vote to keep the democratic spirit alive. My call to the younger generations is to stick to this principle to exercise their rights and duties as true citizens as each vote is precious”, said Nayak, who cast his vote in Kakata Mangala polling booth in this coastal town here today.

Nayak, however, expressed grave concern about his poor health.

“This could be my last vote as I am not able to walk on my own. My health is deteriorating alarmingly. I have a feeling that death would deny me another opportunity to exercise my franchise”, he said.