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Why Shashi Tharoor is thrilled about his vote

April 16, 2009 10:50 IST

A first-time voter, Shashi Tharoor -- former UN diplomat and Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram -- on Thursday said he was proud to exercise his franchise in home land, after having remained an NRI all his life.

"This is a proof that I have finally cast a vote in the Indian democracy," Tharoor said, after casting his vote at a polling booth in the state capital.

Tharoor, who left India when he was 19, shifted his base to Thiruvananthapuram after his tenure as Under-Secretary at the United Nations ended a year ago.

"It is a great privilege to vote. And the extra bonus is to vote for myself," he said.

The high-profile Congress candidate said judging by the enthusiasm and response of voters in the last weeks, "if all that turns into vote, I should be able to walk along."

Text: PTI | Photograph: Jay Mandal

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