SILCHAR, April 18 - Matching shoulders with young and first-time voters, senior citizens and Divyang voters of Karimganj district showed great enthusiasm, coming out to vote in large numbers today amid tight security arrangements.
In Suprakandi area of the district, 80-year-old Pushpa Rani Deb, a voter in the Divyang or person with disability (PwD) category, was received warmly by officials at the model polling station in Pallimangal High School. She was the first voter at the polling station, the officials said.
�I am happy to be able to come out and vote,� Deb said after casting her vote.
On the other hand, 90-year-old Lalit Mohan Nath had a big smile on his face as he was being taken to the polling station on a wheelchair.
�It is a great occasion and I am fortunate to be taking part in the election even at this age,� Nath told The Assam Tribune.
Debendra Malakar, a Divyang voter, also reached his polling station with great expectations. Moin Uddin (64), a voter from Lamajuar area of the district, said, �I am happy to see such a large turnout of voters,� he said.
A large number of women voters were also seen at the polling station in Lamajuar High Madrassa. At the Panchgram Town High School, voters queued up outside the polling station as early as 6 am. Malancha Das (80) said, �Don�t ask me why I have come at this age. I feel I am strong enough to cast my vote and speak my voice.�
As per the Election Commission of India data, there are 13,38,005 voters in the district exercising their franchise for the Karimganj Lok Sabha seat.