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This 97-year-old Indian has voted in every election since the first general poll

Published on May 7, 2014 3:33 PM
 
Ninety-seven year old Indian resident Shyam Saran Negi, gestures as he speaks at his home at Kalpa in Kinnaur District in the northern State of Himachal Pradesh, on April 24, 2014. As India held the latest round of its election Wednesday, 97-year-old Shyam Saran Negi once again trudged several kilometres to vote - a tradition he has kept up since independence in 1947. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SHIMLA, India (AFP) - As India held the latest round of its election Wednesday, 97-year-old Shyam Saran Negi once again trudged several kilometres to vote - a tradition he has kept up since independence in 1947.

The retired teacher, from a remote village high in the Himalayas, has voted in 16 general elections, often walking through heavy snow to reach his local polling station.

A cheering crowd of wellwishers, some blowing trumpets, greeted Mr Negi on Wednesday as he arrived to cast his ballot in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh near the border with China.

"I am happy to get yet another chance to vote. I appeal to all to vote to elect honest leaders," Mr Negi told AFP from Kalpa village.

 
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