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When distance did not deter them from casting vote

Indore: Many voters undertook journeys spanning foreign nations to reach their hometowns to exercise their franchise on Friday.

While many extended their Diwali vacation to participate in the polling, others travelled to city especially to be a part in forming the government.

Palak Purohit, 32-year-old and residing in Germany for the past year and a half, returned Indore for Diwali holidays.

But with the assembly election slated a few days post-Diwali, Palak opted to stay.

"As I planned my visit to the city, my parents alerted me about the election day, prompting me to adjust my holiday plans accordingly. Voting holds immense significance to me as I believe it contributes to shaping a better future. Despite being abroad, I kept abreast of the news through video updates, staying connected to the happenings in India and my city. Choosing leaders who can aptly represent India on the global stage is pivotal," Palak told TOI.

At Subhash Chowk polling booth near Rajwada, Palak was accompanied by her 29-year-old sister, Apurva Purohit, who came from Australia specifically to vote.

A couple residing in the USA, Abhishek Joshi and Shraddha Dave, reached Indore to celebrate Diwali with their family. They extended their holidays to participate in voting on November 17.

"Voting is not just a right but a privilege. We consider ourselves fortunate that the election coincided with Diwali, providing us with the opportunity to actively participate. It's a source of immense pride for us to cast our votes," Abhishek and Shraddha told TOI.

Many enthusiastic voters travelled from Bangalore, Pune, Chandigarh and Jaipur to Indore to cast their votes.

Rohit Sharma, working in a software company in Bangalore, took an overnight bus from Pune to reach Indore to cast his vote stating he did not want to miss his fundamental right.

Setting an example, 58-year-old tea seller Kaluram, who earns Rs 300 a day, travelled 97 km with his family almost spending 4 days of his income to cast votes.

Kaluram, his wife Guamata Bai, 58, son and daughter-in-law travelled from Ujjain, where he runs a tea stall, to Susner assembly constituency in Agar district to cast vote.

Kaluram said, “As a responsible citizen it's important to exercise our franchise. We try to participate in all the polls and travel to our village.”

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