UP Elections 2017: Wary of burqa-clad women voters, BJP turns to EC, demands female constables at polling booths

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New Delhi | Updated: March 02, 2017 3:08 PM

BJP on Thursday wrote to Election Commission demanding deployment of women police personnel to examine voter ID cards of burqa-clad women at polling booths in sixth and seventh phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017.

BJP on Thursday wrote to Election Commission demanding deployment of women police personnel to examine voter ID cards of burqa-clad women at polling booths in sixth and seventh phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. (ANI image)

BJP on Thursday wrote to Election Commission demanding deployment of women police personnel to examine voter ID cards of burqa-clad women at polling booths in sixth and seventh phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, according to a report. It has been learned that BJP has written that there will be “large number of burqa-clad women voters hence proper checking of IDs is important to avoid bogus voting.” In the letter, BJP also asked for deployment of paramilitary forces at polling booths in sensitive areas during the last two phases. Earlier in the day, BJP flags and posters were removed by local administration in Gorakhpur as EC model code of conduct is in force and flags/posters were on government property.

The high-octane campaigning for the Phase 6 of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 has begun. The polling for the sixth phase of the elections will take place on March 4. 49 assembly constituencies spanning across 7 districts will go to polls. War of words between BJP, Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP leaders continued as we enter the last leg of the Assembly elections in the politically crucial state. Curtains will come down on the campaign for this phase this evening.

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The BJP had moved the Election Commission against an advertisement of the Samajwadi Party, which depicts a running metro train, claiming that the Centre has given financial assistance for the metro rail project. In the complaint sent to the CEC, state BJP vice-president JPS Rathore said, “The SP is indulging in false propaganda by showing that a metro train is moving (in one of the advertisements). This is cosmetic development.” The BJP claimed that the Centre has given financial assistance for the metro rail project but the SP is listing it as its own achievement. “The SP is befooling people of the state and trying to hijack their votes,” Rathore said in his complaint. The party also asked the EC to ensure immediate removal of the portion of the advertisement that shows moving metro train.

(With agency inputs)

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