Lok Sabha elections 2019: NRI travels from West Africa to Pune to cast his vote

Mumbai: Amid uncertainities about voting facilities for the Non Residential Indians (NRIs), Vihang Khopkar has travelled all the way from western Africa to Pune to exercise his voting rights.

Khopkar is a project manager in an infrastructure firm and had shifted to Gabon, West Africa, with his family about seven months back. He hails from the Baramati constituency of Pune where he and his family members cast their votes on Tuesday morning.

“For every Indian citizens voting is not only a duty but also a responsibility for the building of the nation,” said Vihang. When asked about the fellow NRIs who are asking for “Easier Options of online voting” and accusing the government of not providing them with adequate facilities, Vihan feels that it’s very easy to blame the government but it doesn’t solve the problem.

It will be much more sensible if people just come out of their homes and cast their votes as it is the basic step for a change.
Khopkar holds a special interest in international relations and minutely follows the policies implemented by the government.

He further said, “Not everyone can afford to travel all the way just to vote. It requires both time and financial resources. That’s why I came to set an example. If you have your priorities set, with proper planning you can make it possible.”

Being an NRI, he also feels that in the last five years India has become a more respected country globally than it was. People from around the globe, especially Westerners who used to consider India a mere developing country, have changed their perception.

Now, they often look out for financial and business prospects in the country. He also feel that no matter which government comes to power, it needs to take forward the positive image of the nation which has been built over the last few years.

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