TOI journo points out malpractice in Rajasthan booth, heckled

JAIPUR: Around 12:30pm, I was making the rounds of polling stations in the city as part of my project for the day. As I walked into the Adarsh Nagar polling sales space (No. 101) near the Sanganeri Gate in the city, a huge crowd in this Muslim-dominated area rushed out complaining.

For some, it used to be their names lacking from the citizens’ checklist, others spoke out about VVPATs no longer functioning. But top a number of the complaints used to be that the white-bearded polling officer, wearing a tilak on his brow, had been insisting that citizens press the Number 1 button on the EVM and forged their votes in favour of BJP candidate Ashok Parnami.

“We had been requested to press the Number 1 button. Who is he to invite us to vote for a specific candidate?” grumbled Yusuf Qureshi.

Startled, I rushed into the polling sales space simplest to be greeted via a posse of police and polling officers. I inquired in regards to the polling officer simplest to be accosted via Lal Kothi SHO Raj Kumar Sharma. He came at me and shouted — “How did you input the polling station?”


I confirmed him the permitted go and requested, “How can you permit a polling officer to continue with his duty. He is influencing citizens.”


Enraged, he shoved me and threatened to put me in the back of bars. Some took me out of doors the polling sales space to apologise for the SHO’s behaviour.


Later, the polling legit used to be removed from duty, mentioned Adarsh Nagar Returning Officer Indrajeet Singh.


TOI journo points out malpractice in Rajasthan booth, heckled TOI journo points out malpractice in Rajasthan booth, heckled Reviewed by kailash soni on December 08, 2018 Rating: 5
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