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Jharkhand: Woman on oxygen support travels 330 kilometre from Kolkata to cast vote in Dumka

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20th May, 2019 16:29 IST

Dumka: A 59-year-old woman from Jharkhand went against all the odds to exercise her right to vote in the last phase of elections on Sunday. Renu Mishra, who survives on continuous oxygen support, travelled more than 330 kilometre from Kolkata to Jharkhand to cast her vote.

Mishra's lungs were thoroughly damaged after she suffered from acute bronchitis. In the last phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 on May 19, Mishra travelled a journey from Kolkata to booth number 43 of Dumka club under the Dumka parliamentary constituency to exercise her democratic right.

Mishra complained of respiratory problems in January following which she was admitted to the World Health hospital in Dumka on January 23. Mishra served as a headmistress at the upgraded Khajuria middle school in Dumka.

"As long as I am alive, I will be using my democratic right to contribute towards nation-building," Mishra told the Hindustan Times.

When the 59-year-old woman came to know hat Dumka would go to polls on May 19, she was determined to go to cast her vote.

According to the report, Batsal requested the Dumka administration to arrange for an ambulance and other medical facilities for Mishra at Lal Pokhra in Dumka.

Mukesh Kumar, Dumka deputy commissioner said that they received Mishra's application around May 12 and were influenced by the woman's determination and commitment. They arranged for all the medical facilities that Mishra required.

In the second phase of voting, a 30-year-old voter came on a stretcher in an ambulance to caste his vote at Ulthoor near Kundapur in Udupi district in Karnataka. Even when the 30-year-old could not walk, he insisted on exercising his right to vote. Jayasheela Poojary was carried from the ambulance to the polling booth on a stretcher.

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