MANGALURU: When Prime Minister addressed the enthusiastic crowd at the Nehru Maidan here on Saturday, in the sea of supporters was a fan who stood out. For, he had quit a job in Australia just to ensure he could cast his here and see his favorite leader back as Prime Minister for the second term.
Sudhindraa Hebbaar, 41, a screening officer at the Sydney Airport, quit his job of one-and-a-half years after he realized he was not able to extend his leave due to huge passenger traffic. “I got leave from April 5 to April 12 and could not extend my leave as the airport experiences heavy rush due to Easter and Ramzan. I badly wanted to vote and I decided to put in my papers and fly back home,” Sudhindraa, a resident of Surathkal, told STOI.
This MBA graduate said, “In Sydney, I’ve been working with people from across the globe, including Europeans and Pakistanis. I’m proud every time they say India has a great future. I attribute this success and changing image of India to the Prime Minister. Obviously, I cannot go to the border to protect my motherland. The least I can do is exercise my right and my duty to vote. As regards the job, I am a Permanent Residency card-holder in Australia (his wife is a Fiji-Australian) and I have worked at Sydney Trains before working at the airport. Finding another job shouldn’t be an issue,” Sudhindraa said with a smile.
Interestingly, he first flew to Australia on April 17, 2014, the day Karnataka went to the Lok Sabha polls in a single phase. A responsible citizen that he is, he cast his vote at the polling booth in Hosabettu just after 7 am before he embarked on a nine-hour journey to Bengaluru, from where he left for Sydney that night.
He has decided to stay back in Mangaluru till the elections results on May 23, after which he’ll fly back and scout for a new job.
Story originally appeared at – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68870646.cms