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Students take up voting cudgels

Hazaribagh, April 16: She may be only 17, but she is already urges people to elect honest representatives.

Twelfth grader Ananya of DAV Public School, Hazaribagh, impressed 200 other fellow classmates while speaking during a voting awareness camp organised on the cradle premises today. Ananya, who is also the head girl of the school, said, “India is a democratic country and everyone should exercise their right to vote. It is useless to blame leaders for their non-performance, as the Constitution entrusts the people to elect their right representatives.”

Students, later, pledged to spare some time after their school hours to make people aware of their voting rights. Although they have only a day in hand, as Hazaribagh goes to polls tomorrow, they promised to make the most of it.

Besides Ananya, classmates Mrinalini, Kritika, Subh and Prateek presented a skit, highlighting the importance of vote. According to them, even a single vote can cause a great difference. Students also brought a model EVM and gave demonstration of how to vote during their 10-minute skit.

If a section of students emphasised the importance of voting, there were also a few who stressed on unbiased voting.

Shreyash, Kritika, Vinayak, Abhivav, Nitish and Ashutosh pointed out that people must cast their vote without being influenced by caste, creed, community, religion, money or even personal relations.

Earlier during the day, principal Ashok Kumar inaugurated the awareness camp. Congratulating the speakers and other participants, he said: “Abstaining means running away from responsibilities. A healthy democracy only can ensure the prosperity of the nation. If people shrug off their responsibilities, the future of the nation will be at stake.”

English teacher K.K. Singh conducted the one-and-a-half-hour long programme, while another faculty member Baldeo Pandey proposed the vote of thanks.

He compared the election with any festival of our country in which every person participates willingly and actively. “If we do not carry out our basic duty, how can we expect our representatives to perform,” asked Pandey.