71-year-old stays away from polls for first time

71-year-old stays away from polls for first time

SRINAGAR: For the first time in his life, Abdul Samad Rather, a 71-year-old staunch supporter of National Conference from, did not cast his vote, because, now he feels that participating in elections is akin to trading martyrs’ blood.
“Prior to today’s election, I believed that elections would help in development, eradicating unemployment. And now I release that elections neither give employment not development. There is a saying that with old is gold, and after years of experience I released that voting was wrong,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Samad was one of the voters in 978 Khurhama polling booth.
He was also the last Panch of the village, and the only family member who participating in voting.
“Truth is truth and I realized it at the later part of the life. It is better to be late than never,” he said.
The Srinagar constituency on Sunday had an overall 7.14 percentage of voting, almost 26 percent less than 2014 elections.

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