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UP: BJP worker’s son arrested after viral video shows him casting eight votes

Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa said police arrested a Bharatiya Janata Party worker’s son was arrested on Sunday after a video showed the teenager voting for the saffron party eight times in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad Lok Sabha constituency.

Opposition parties have criticised the Election Commission of India after the video went viral. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the BJP wants to “loot democracy”.

Polling in the Farrukhabad seat took place on May 13.The chief election officer of Uttar Pradesh also said that he has issued instructions to suspend and institute disciplinary proceedings against all members of the polling party. Rinwa also said that a repoll has been recommended to the Election Commission in the polling station.

“The person appearing to be voting multiple times in the video has been identified as Rajan Singh, son of Anil Singh, resident of village Khiriya Pamaran and has been arrested by the police,” Rinwa said in a post on X. Anil Singh is the gram pradhan of Khiri Pamaran and a member of the BJP.

A case has been filed against Rajan Singh under Sections 171F (undue influence or personation at an election) and 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) of the Indian Penal Code. The police have also invoked Sections 128 (maintaining secrecy of vote), 132 (Penalty for misconduct at the polling station) and 136 (electoral offence) of the Representation of People Act.

The chief election officer also said that he has issued instructions to suspend and institute disciplinary proceedings against all members of the polling party. Rinwa also said that a repoll has been recommended to the Election Commission in the polling station.

“Strict instructions to rigorously follow the procedure in regard to identification of the voters have been issued to all District Election Officers of the remaining phases in UP,” he said.

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