Lucknow, Amid counter allegations of fake voting levelled by both BJP and Congress, a BJP candidate in Bulandshahr has been detained inside his house after being charged with violating election norms for seeking votes inside the polling booth.
The voting in the second phase of polling in 8 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh was so far on a peaceful note with around 24.31 per cent of voting till 1100 hours.
Reports of malfunction of EVMs in several booths in the early hours of polling were also received due to overnight rains and thunderstorm in Agra, Bulandshahr, Mathura and other places. But official claimed that some problem occurred as in several places there were no electricity due to thunderstorm while in some booths, water logging was .
“Every problem has been sorted out and polling was underway in a smooth note and long queues of voters were witnessed due to good weather condition,” official said.
Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Amroha Kanwar Singh Tanwar along with BJP MLA from Hasanpur Mahendra Singh have alleged that fake voting by minority women wearing ‘burqa’ were recieved. The candidate even claimed that a youth wearing a ‘burqa’ was nabbed by the security personnel Nagla Sadat village.
Earlier during the first phase of polls, Muzaffarnagar BJP candidate Sanjeev Baliyan too had alleged about fake voting by people wearing burqa but EC officials had rejected the charges. Another report from Bulandshahr said that the BJP candidate Bhola Singh was detained in his house after he allegedly entered the booths to seek he support from the voters. EC has taken congizance about the matter and sought a report from the district returning officer Abhay Singh.
Later the official confirmed that the BJP candidate was detained in his house till the end of the polling. In Hatras, a driver of a polling party vehicle died in Sikandrarau assembly segment due to heart attack.
UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and party’s candidate from Fatehpur Sikri casts his vote at the polling booth in Radha Ballabh Inter College,in Agra while UP Cabinet Minister Srikant Sharma casts his vote at booth number 48 in Govardhan block in Mathura Lok Sabha seat.
BJP MP Candidate from Mathura, Hema Malini , who claims that Modi wave is sweeping across the country told media persons on Thursday that , “Development in Mathura is all due to my efforts. SP-BSP are only engaged in fighting with each other. There is a huge Modi wave here”.EC officials here said that the polling percentage was 24.31 per cent in the first four hours of polling.They claim that the polling was total peaceful without any incident so far.
Though the polling started in a slow pace but picked up after first two hours due to good weather, officials claimed.They admitted that that several EVMs had to be replaced during to technical fault due to disruption of power supply and other problems. However, it has been reported that Bulandshahr Lok Sabha seat witness malfunctioning of around 25 EVMs. But all were replaced immediately without affecting the polling.
Officials said that late night thunderstorm in Bulandshahr, Mathura, Agra and adjoining areas led to some problem but the polling commenced in a smooth manner. Voters were much enthused to exercise their franchise and were seen reaching their respective booths well before the start of the polling at 0700 hrs. Long queues were witnessed in several booths of Amroha, Nagina, Agra, Mathura and Bulandshahr Lok Sabha seats.
Till 1100 hours, polling percentage was 23.78 per cent in Nagina, 24.64 pc in Amroha, 124.94 pc in Bulandshahar, 23 per cent in Aligarh, 25.93 pc in Hathras, 23.71 pc in Mathura, 25 pc in Agra and 23.47 pc in Fatehpur Sikri.