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Himachal Pradesh assembly elections 2017: Red carpet laid out for 100-year-old to vote

Himachal Pradesh assembly elections 2017: The ruling Congress and BJP are contesting all 68 seats with Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal as CM candidates for their respective parties. BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by CPM — 14.

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Moderate to heavy polling was recorded in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday with 64.8 per cent voters excercising their franchise 4 pm. Over 37,000 poll officials, 17,770 policemen, home-guards and 65 companies of the paramilitary have been deployed in the state for election duty. Shyam Saran Negi, India’s first voter, casts his vote at a pooling booth in Kalpa. The Election Commission laid out a red carpet for the 100-year-old. (Source: Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

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There are 337 candidates in the fray today, including sitting Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, among 62 sitting MLAs, contesting the polls. Womens show their inked finger after cast vote for assembly elections at Theog in Shimla, on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

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Casting his vote for the 15th time in assembly polls at Kalpa in Kinnaur district, Shyam Saran Negi said "everyone must work in the nation’s interest." Shyam Saran Negi has been an ardent follower of BJP and hence his voting was not a secret. " Modi is a good man, he talks about Nation's benefits," said the 100-year-old. Till now this, iconic tribal has not skipped voting in a single election since October 25, 1951 — the day, he became the first person to vote in Independent India’s first general election. (Source: Express Photo Pradeep Kumar)

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The ruling Congress led by the chief minister and the BJP led with former chief minister Dhumal are contesting all 68 seats while the BSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3. Voters stand in queue to cast vote for assembly elections at Theog in Shimla on Thursday. Source: Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar

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Specially abled person being helped by the Jawans of paramilitary forces to reach the polling booth to cast his vote for assembly elections in Shimla on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)