Repolling will be held at five polling stations of the Firozabad and Etawah Lok Sabha constituencies as the Election Commission (EC) has received complaints about booth capturing and intimidation during the election, officials said on Saturday.
Several complaints were sent to the poll panel about bogus voting and booth capturing during the election held on Thursday, especially in the belt of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh .
Following the complaints, the EC has sent observers to assess the situation in the constituencies.
The EC observers, in their report, have confirmed illegal means of voting at booth no. 160, 161 and another polling booth in Sirsaganj from where Akshay Yadav, nephew of the SP chief, is contesting the election.
Repoll has also been recommended for booth no. 10, 14 in the Dibiyapur Assembly segment in Etawah, the native place of the SP chief.
Sources said that dates for the repoll would be announced soon and the EC had taken a grim view of these incidents. “In times of the EVMs, such incidents are very unfortunate,” said an official. Officials also said the fact that these incidents, including an earlier one, where repoll was held at some booths after the second phase of election in Rampur Lok Sabha constituency, the stronghold of another SP Minister Azam Khan, “has put the SP in a bad light”.
Opposition parties have accused the ruling SP of indulging in such illegal means. “What else justifies the fact that all such incidents have taken place in the areas touted to be pocket boroughs of the SP and the Yadav clan,” questioned Vijay Bahadur Pathak, State spokesman of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Uttar Pradesh former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has twice in the past aired her apprehension that the SP chief could rig the polls.— IANS