New Delhi: Exercising your democratic right may mean negotiating cumbersome queues, but there was no dearth of enthusiasm on Sunday among some not-so-young 'Dabanggs' for whom their vote is a responsibility towards the nation.
Ask 91-year-old Ratilal Shah, a voter in Chandni Chowk, and he will tell you that his eagerness to cast a ballot has not diminished in six decades.
Shah claims to have voted in all elections since Independence and strongly believes that exercising this right is a duty that everyone should hold sacrosanct.
"Everybody should vote. They should select the best people, whichever party they belong to," said Shah, whose presence at the polling booth was quite endearing.
As Delhi voted to elect its first trifurcated municipal corporation, some elderly voters became the real Dabanggs of the day.
Delhi State Election Commission had made several efforts, including a 'Be Dabangg, Be a voter' campaign as part of its campaign to exhort voters to turn out in large numbers. The campaign has taken its cue from the blockbuster Bollywood movie Dabangg (a bold character), in which Salman Khan essayed the role of police inspector Chulbul Pandey.
Chandrapal Singh is 83-year-old and his vision too has failed him. But with the help of a walking stick with two people accompanying him to the polling booth, the octogenarian still queued up to vote.
"It's my right to vote and I have to exercise it," said Singh, as he waited for his turn to cast the ballot in his Ginda ward.
In the same ward, K R Rahman too was queueing up to vote. A little younger than Singh at 79, Rahman, too spoke of the importance of his vote. "I have to vote as this is a responsibility towards the nation," he said.

The electoral fate of 2,423 candidates would be sealed during the polling held in 272 wards of the three civic bodies - b- East, South and North -- carved out of the existing Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
As people voted with enthusiasm, political leaders were not far behind. Union Minister Ajay Maken, Delhi state Minister Kiran Waliya, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief J P Agarwal, BJP state president Vijendra Gupta, and Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly Amrish Singh Gautam were among those who turned up in the early hours for casting their ballot.
Prominent local leaders like Jaikishan Sharma of the Congress and Subhash Arya of the BJP were also seen casting their ballot. "People are voting in large numbers. I am hundred percent sure we will win," said a confident J P Agrawal.