As the 7th phase of Lok Sabha Elections is ongoing today, voters of a village in UP’s Chandauli constituency have alleged that the voting ink was forcibly applied on their fingers and also they were bribed by BJP workers on Sunday.
The residents of the village protested along with workers of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party outside the local police station claiming that voters were bribed by BJP workers asking them to stop voting.
The news agency quoted a resident saying “They asked us if we’ll vote for the party. They told us now you can’t vote. Don’t tell anyone.”
The voters said that they were given Rs 5,00 by three men in their village on Saturday.
The authorities also asked the protesters to file FIR against them so that probe can be done
Some residents of village Tara Jivanpur are alleging that ink was put on their hands and money was given to them so that they would not be eligible to vote. I can assure that all people who are eligible to vote in the constituency will be able to cast their vote, action will be taken against those who are found guilty,” Sub Divisional Magistrate Kumar Harsh told reporters.
However, BJP has refuted the allegations and said “This is a ploy of our rivals to defame us. Why would the BJP do such things when we are already winning the seat by a huge margin?”
13 seats in UP are voting in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election: Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj.
The election result is on May 23.