Daulat, the most prized voter in Pulwama

Daulat, the most prized voter in Pulwama

KAKAPORA: She is good at concealing her age, and she doesn’t want to reveal who she voted for. The old lady walks briskly, and as she makes her entry into Government Higher Secondary School Kakpora—housing five polling booths—a chirpy Daulat is an instant star attraction.
She goes inside Kakapora C-86 polling booth at around 4:38 pm-the fifth one to exercise her franchise out of total 402-and with the aid of 30-something lady escorting her, Daulat casts her vote; the oldest one to do so in all five booths.
Daulat had cast her vote four times thus far in the life, and the latest one was something that she couldn’t afford to miss.
Her name and age? “My name is Daulat and I am 56( this reporter checked her actual age with the polling officer after she left. She was 80,” she says.
Why did she vote? “I didn’t want to waste my vote. So I thought it would be better to caste one,” she says.
Who did she vote for? She plays smart. “Why should I tell you people? Allah knows whom I voted for,” Daulat says with a smile.
And she speeds out of the main gate of the higher secondary, but not before becoming the most prized voter in the process.

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