Chandauli, May 19: Residents of the Tara Jivanpur village here have alleged that the BJP workers forcibly applied ink on their fingers and bribed hem Rs 500 each on Saturday evening. They were told not to vote on Sunday.
“Villagers allege ink was forcefully applied to their fingers & they were given Rs 500 y’day by 3 men of their village. Say, “They were from BJP&asked us if we’ll vote for the party. They told us now you can’t vote. Don’t tell anyone”, news agency ANI reported.
Circle Officer In-charge Sadar Tripurari Pandey told media the culprits had escaped by the time the police reached the village after receiving information. An FIR has been registered against three people in this regard.
State BJP President Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey is seeking a second term from Chandauli. He is fielded against SP-BSP alliance candidate Sanjay Chauhan Congress nominee Shiv Kanya Kushwaha from the constituency.
Harish Srivastava, the BJP spokesman in Lucknow, refuted the claims made by the villagers and said, “This is a ploy of our rivals to defame us. Why would the BJP do such things when we are already winning the seat by a huge margin?”