New Delhi, Oct 29: Days ahead of Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, the Election Commission of India has reportedly made special arrangements for independent India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi.
According to the reports of Times of India, Kinnaur district administration will provide a special vehicle to 100-year-old Negi as it will be difficult for him to walk at this age. The vehicle will reportedly take Negi to polling station, where he may receive a rousing welcome. The vehicle will drop him back home too.
Calling him an inspiration, Surma Devi, daughter-in-law of Negi informed that daily that he never missed the chance to cast his vote. Negi, a retired school teacher became a household name after a video created by Google as a part of its ‘Pledge to Vote’ campaign went viral during 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
Shyam Saran Negi, became the first voter of the country when elections were held for the first time in the country on October 25, 1951 in Kinnaur. The polling was held in phases and other parts of the country went to polls in February 1952.
Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in a single phase on November 9 with the hill state set to witness an intense battle between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. Making the announcement on October 12, the Election Commission had said that the results will be declared on December 18.
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