1st Voter of Independent India Shyam Saran Negi casts vote

Kalpa, May 19: First voter of India Shyam Saran Negi on Sunday cast his vote at a polling booth at his native place in Himachal Pradesh’s Kalpa.

“I have never missed an opportunity to vote,” Negi told media.

A staunch believer in democracy, the 102-year-old never fails to cast his vote be it Lok Sabha, Assembly or the panchayat elections.

In 1951, Negi, a retired schoolteacher, was on an election duty and voted in Chini constituency – later renamed Kinnaur.

At that time, balloting in the snow-bound areas of the hill state was held ahead of other places in the country.

As per the report, this time he cast his 31st vote. He has voted in 17 parliamentary and 14 Assembly polls.

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