India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi died on Saturday morning at his residence in Kannur, Himachal Pradesh. He was 106 years old. The Election Commission said Negi had cast his vote through ballot paper on November 3 for the state assembly elections.
Shyam Saran Negi, India’s first voter.
Elections were held in the country for the first time after independence in 1952 and people participated for the first time. But do you know that there was a state in the country where elections were held six months ago considering the situation. Shyam Saran Negi is the name that voted in the first post-independence elections. He cast his first vote in the general elections of 25 October 1951. He died on Saturday morning. He was 106 years old. We took an audio interview of him about two or three years ago. The stories he told in it were very interesting.
He would have been around 102 years old at the time this audio clip was recorded. But his memory was perfect. Recounting the interesting story of his first voting, he said, ‘No one was literate at that time. People did not even know what slavery was. The British had taken over all the departments which were of revenue. The rest never bothered us. Congress party liberated the country. Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel together liberated the country. The best work was done by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was very brave. Patel connected the whole country in one thread.
The whole country was scattered – Negi
He told how the conditions of the country had deteriorated at that time. There was no name of the school. People were running around. Patel was a very brave man. India was divided into different states. And their kings were being arbitrary. If Patel was not there then, we would not have united. Saran says that the British left everywhere divided. It was said that die now, do what you have to do. But we became one. I firmly believed that now the chains of slavery were broken and we were free. Breathing in free food. I believed that poverty would end.
He died on Saturday morning.
India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi died on Saturday morning at his residence in Kannur, Himachal Pradesh. He was 106 years old. The Election Commission said Negi had cast his vote through ballot paper on November 3 for the state assembly elections. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur condoled his death on Twitter and said that Negi had voted a few days ago despite ill health, a fact that will always make him emotional. Kannur Deputy Commissioner Adeeb Hussain Sadiq said that Negi’s last rites will be performed with full official honours.
CM-PM all paid tributes.
The deputy commissioner had felicitated Negi at his residence two days ago after casting his vote. Himachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Manish Garg said Negi was the Election Commission’s brand ambassador and district election officials would attend his last rites. Chief Minister Thakur tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the demise of Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of independent India. Doing his duty, he voted for the 34th time through ballot paper on November 3. This thing will always make me emotional.