A Voter in Uttar Pradesh state where BJP is ruling Dhara Singh told reporters that when he reached the polling booth in Saharanpur to cast his vote, he was stunned to see his vote going in favour of the BJP.
Dhara Singh told reporters, “I was pressing the elephant (BSP’s election symbol), but my vote was going to the BJP. The same happened with five other people. This prompted us to complain to the election officials present there.”
Dhara said that around 138 votes had been cast when he noticed the malfunctioning. He said that election officials had refused to act even after he brought the malfunctioning to their attention.
The video of Dhara speaking to reporters was shared by senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on Twitter.
This BSP voter in Bijnore claims that every time he pressed the elephant symbol, the lotus was blooming! We are verifying the claim.. #IndiaElects
However Rakesh Kumar, Bijnor Sector Magistrate, denied reports of EVM malfunctioning. He was quoted by news agency ANI, “No such incident has taken place. Elections are being held peacefully. There were some issues during mock polling so we changed the entire set.”
But Dhara said that all he wanted was a free and fair elections. “I just want my vote being cast in favour of the party of my choice. Only then will I be satisfied.”
Earlier in the day, polling at booth number 158 in Saharanpur was halted due to faulty EVM.
In 2014, the seat had registered a polling of over 75 percent. On Thursday, the Election Commission said that around 53 percent polling had been registered by 3 pm.