A Dalit voter in Bulandshahr constituency chopped off his finger after he accidentally pressed the button of the BJP symbol on the EVM instead of the BSP at the polling booth during the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections yesterday. The man identified as Pawan Kumar, 25, is a resident of Abdullapur Hulasan village in Shikarpur area and he is said to have used a sickle to chop off his finger.
The man later released a video to regret his mistake and since then it is going viral on social media.
In a video on Twitter, Pawan Kumar of Bulandshahr constituency claimed he had pressed the button of the BJP’s lotus instead of the BSP’s elephant by mistake. When asked if he was forced to vote for the BJP, he denied it. Kumar belongs to the Abdullapur Hulasan village in Shikarpur area of the constituency.
In Bulandshahr Lok Sabha constituency, the contest is between the sitting BJP MP Bhola Singh and SP-BSP-RLD alliance (Mahagathbandhan) candidate Yogesh Verma
Bhola Singh had received a notice from the Election Commission for a poll code violation and was placed under house confinement for a day after he allegedly sought blessings from voters at JP Janata Inter College polling station of his constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
In the viral video, Singh was seen inside the booth seeking blessings from the people.
“A candidate can visit polling booths in his constituency but cannot speak to the voters there. When we came to know that he (Singh) sought blessings from voters inside a polling station, we served him a notice and ordered confinement for a day,” ANI quoted Bulandshahr District Collector Abhay Singh as saying. When he entered the booth with his supporters he was stopped by the security officials and he told them that he had the permission of District Magistrate and Returning Officer Abhay Singh to enter the booth.
The second phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections concluded with an estimated voter turnout of 67.55% on Thursday. An estimated 62.06% voters turned out to cast their votes in eight constituencies of Uttar Pradesh.
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