Ottapalam (Palakkad): ‘How do we cast the vote?’ We may think that the question is asked by some 18-year-old college student. In fact, the person who asked the question is 71-year-old first-time voter! It is Shoranur native Purushothaman who is all set to cast his first vote at the age of 71.
Purushothaman’s parents had died many years ago. After this, he shifted to his uncle’s house at Kanayam. Still single, Purushothaman lives alone at the house built by his nephews. Until three months ago, he had no ID proofs or documents to prove that he is alive. Nobody helped him to get ID card.
With this, he could not cast vote in any of the 13 general elections conducted till this age. It was Shoranur municipality councillor Sini Manoj who helped Purushothaman apply for Aadhar card months ago. Later, he applied for ration card using this Aadhar card and received it.
Purushothaman used to find a living by milking cows and helping mahouts in festival grounds. Once his arm was paralysed while milking cows putting an end to his livelihood. Now he manages to live on the rice bought using the ration card and with the help of locals.
Amid the hardships in life, he shared his desire to cast vote in election to councillor Sini Manoj. He seemed extremely happy when his name was added in the voters list the other day. Now Purushothaman is preparing to cast his first vote by remembering the candidates and the symbols.