The first phase of voting for civic polls was held in part of UP on Wednesday, November 22nd and again voters from many booths, in both Meerut and Kanpur alleged that irrespective of the button they pressed, the vote went to the BJP.
Press any button-vote goes to the BJP!
The police resorted to lathi charge in some places to disperse the agitated crowds. Voters from a polling booth in Kanpur who went to cast their votes alleged that irrespective of the button they pressed the machine registered a vote for the candidate with the BJP’s lotus symbol.
A local newspaper, Inquilab reported protests outside several booths in Kanpur city, following which polling officers had to replace the voting machines (EVMs). According to the Inquilab, EVMs had to be replaced at a total of 102 booths in Kanpur because of complaints.
We have to wait and see what precautions the Election Commission will take to prevent use of such faulty/ rigged EVMs from the crucial Gujarat assembly elections in December.