After India own Independence on 15th August 1947, each and every citizen from all over India is exercising their respective voting rights. Ever thought about who was the first voter of Independent India. This man is not just the oldest voter of independent India but happens to be the first voter of Independent India.
Negi exercised his voting rights in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh in 1951 and became the first Indian to do so.Ever since that day, Negi has lived on to vote in all elections. He firmly advocates the principles of democracy and urges everybody to cast their vote. Age is just a number and Negi who is set to turn 103-years-old this July is all pumped up to vote in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
In 2010, then Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla visited Shyam Saran Negi’s village to honour him as part of the Election Commission’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The election department has a video of Mr Negi casting his vote in 2007, 2012 and 2017 Assembly and the 2009 and 2014 parliamentary elections.