With the polling underway for the seventh and the last phase of Lok Sabha election, residents of a village in Chandauli parliamentary constituency have accused the BJP workers to be indulging in electoral malpractices. Chandauli is one of the 13 Lok Sabha seats going to polls in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
According to reports, residents of village Tara Jeevanpur on Saturday evening were given Rs 500 by BJP workers who then forcefully applied inks on their fingers.
SDM of Chandauli has taken cognisance of the matter and has said that complaints have been filed and they are waiting for formal FIRs to be filed by the villagers in the matter. Despite the issue, SDM has urged the voters of Tara Jeevanpur village to come out and exercise their franchise.
In the 7th phase, 59 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Chandigarh are going to polls.
In Uttar Pradesh, polling is underway in 13 Lok Sabha seats – all of which lies in the eastern region of the state. In 2014, BJP and its allies had won all the seats. However this time, the alliance of SP and BSP and a rejuvenated Congress under Priyanka Gandhi pose a formidable challenge to the saffron party.
Apart from PM Modi in Varanasi, other key candidates include BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union minister Manoj Sinha, Union minister Anupriya Patel (of ally Apna Dal), and Congress’s RPN Singh. In Gorakhpur, BJP has fielded Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan.