He has never missed voting, not even a single time since independence, and now at the age of104 years, Ghaziabad’s Muradanagar constituency’s oldest voter Lakshmi Prasad Sharma, has become a source of inspiration for local youths.
“He has never missed voting, whenever it voting time, he puts on his slippers and gets ready to vote,” claims Sajal Sharma, Laksmi Prasad’s Grandson who helped him cast his vote. “His health condition doesn’t allow him to go out now, but it’s his inner sense of duty towards the nation, which gives him a zeal to do so,” he adds.
Watch video: At 104, oldest voter makes it to polling booth, inspires youth
He also has a special message for the youth. “My name is Lakshmi Prasad Sharma, I am 104, I appeal you all to vote as I did, it our duty,” he said on camera.
Lakshmi Prasad, not only the eldest voter, but also the eldest person in entire region, has inspired youths. Many in the locality, who reached polling-booths, clicked photographs with him. “Dada ji has been a very active person, his health has deteriorated in recent years, otherwise he use to be one of the firsts to cast his vote in the morning,” says a young neighbour of Lakshmi Prasad Sharma.
The stories of Lakshmi Prasad’s freedom struggle is also very famous in the locality. “In a 1943 incident, Dada ji had pulled out a spoke of a Lord’s wheel, while struggling for freedom movement,” tells one the Lakshmi Prasad Sharma’s grandson. After independence, he even refused the Swatantra Senani pension, as “he fought for freedom for country, not the pension or other benefits,” tells a local BJP leader.
At a time when states barely see voting percentage going above 70 per cent, likes of Lakshmi Prasad Sharma are surely an inspiration who defy their age and health to pay their duty for the country.