First Voter of Independent India Shyam Saran Negi Breathes His Last
The first voter of independent India took his last breathe at the age of 105 years on 5th of November 2022 at Kalpa, Kinnaur India.
NEW DELHI: Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of independent India took his last breathe at the age of 105 years at Kalpa, Kinnaur India. He was an Indian school teacher in Himachal Pradesh who was the first one to vote in the general election held in India in 1951. This was considered to be the first ever election of the country after the end of British rule in the year 1947. Shyam Saran had cast his first vote on October 25, 1951. Ever since then, Negi have always been a regular voter. Along with being the first voter of India he is also believed to be the oldest one.
According to the available information from the Election Commission, Negi died just two days after he casted his vote through postal ballot for the state's assembly polls.
Several known people twitted on his demise.
The election commission twitted '' he inspired millions to vote. He voted for Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022 through postal ballot just before his death''
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also twitted and grieved on his demise. Thakur stated that he has cast his postal vote for the assembly elections on the 2nd of November and that this was for the 34th time. He prayed for Negi's family as well in the tweet.
Shyam Saran Negi was born on 1st July 1917 in Himachal Pradesh . In 2010, Navin Chawla , then chief election commissioner of India honored Shyam Saran as a part of the Election Commission's diamond jubilee celebration.
Also, Negi spoke about the importance of voting and narrated about his experience in independent India's first election in 2014 where Google produced a public service announcement. Negi was indeed a true inspiration for everyone.
Apart from this Shyam Saran Negi was also seen taking part in the Bollywood movie named 'Sanam Re''.