Sons cast vote, then cremate mother in Jharkhand

Ranchi (IANS) Showing their commitment to democracy, two brothers in Jharkhand on Sunday decided to cast their votes before performing the last rites of their mother, who passed away on Saturday night.

Deepak Kumar Gupta and his brother Rohit, residents of Bhuli in Dhanbad, voted in the sixth phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections. 

"My mother was suffering from high blood pressure. She died at Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) on Saturday night," Deepak Kumar Gupta told reporters. 

"We brought back her body to Dhanbad early Sunday morning. My brother Rohit and I then went to cast our votes. We later performed her last rites," he said.

In Dhanbad, the fight is between sitting BJP member of Parliament P.N. Singh and Congress candidate Kriti Jha Azad.

Four of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand recorded 65.17 per cent polling on Sunday.

According to the Election Commission (EC) data, Giridih recorded a voter turnout of 65.93 per cent, Dhanbad 61.90 per cent, Jamshedpur 66.44 per cent and Singhbhum or Chaibasa 67.79 per cent.

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