Men in burqa voted in Amroha: BJP
The second phase of polling in Amroha in western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday witnessed a repeat of sorts of what happened during the first phase in Muzaffarnagar.
During the first phase of elections in Muzaffarnagar, which is a Muslim-dominated area, BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan had alleged that bogus voting was happening and therefore everyone should be properly checked.
On Thursday, BJP sitting MP and candidate Kanwar Singh Tanwar alleged that in Amroha, which consists of approximately 40 per cent Muslim population, there were reports of bogus voting. Just two hours after the commencement of voting, while talking to India Today TV, Tanwar made a startling allegation against his political opponents. He claimed that in some Muslim-dominated booths there were attempts to vote through misrepresented identity. He alleged that burqa-clad men were being allowed to vote without a proper identity check, hence resulting in bogus voting.
Following the allegation, when India Today TV spoke to BSP candidate Kunwar Danish Ali, he refuted the charges. India Today TV team went for a reality check. When the team went to the Nawgaon Sadat, the BJP candidate also arrived there. When he was asked to provide evidence in support of his claim, he backtracked and claimed that the allegations were based on the inputs from local workers.
Within a few minutes, the SP and DM also reached the spot. Amroha DM Umesh Kumar rubbished the allegations and said that everyone was allowed to vote after proper checking. Even women voters at the booth claimed that the poll officials checked their identity by removing their veil.