U.P. Police Using Force to Stop Dalits From Voting: BSP Writes to EC
The party has requested immediate intervention from the poll body.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has claimed that Dalit voters are being forcefully stopped from reaching polling booths by the Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday.
ANI reported that the party has written to the Election Commission regarding the issue. According to the BSP, the police was taking the action at the behest of “higher-ups”.
BSP writes to EC: We are receiving info from various polling stations that BSP voters specially dalits are being stopped from reaching polling booths by use of force by UP police. All this is apparently being done on diktat of higher-ups. Immediate intervention is required.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 11, 2019
Times Now reported that BSP national secretary Satish Chandra Mishra has also complained to the DGP of U.P. police.
BIG BREAKING: BSP claims Dalits are not being allowed to cast their votes in the state of UP,
Dalits are being stopped from reaching polling booths by use of force by UP police which is even going to the extent of using force: Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP.
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) April 11, 2019
Polling in several constituencies in Uttar Pradesh is being held in the first-phase of 2019 Lok Sabha election.