Kalpa: 1st voter of independent India, Shyam Saran Negi shows his forefinger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the seventh and the last phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections at a polling booth in Kalpa, Kinnnaur, Himachal Pradesh on May. Image Source: IANS News

Chitrakoot : , Oct 21 (IANS) Uma Shankar, the first person to cast his vote on Monday morning at the Manikpur polling station in Chitrakoot, was given a certificate of appreciation by the Election Commission officials.

Shankar said that he was pleasantly surprised to receive the commendation from the poll panel.

He said that though the campaign was mainly focused around the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, he had decided to cast his vote on issues concerning rural development and water woes in the region.

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