A BSP agent at a polling booth in Muzaffarnagar was booked allegedly for spreading “fake news” that the Electronic Voting Machines were faulty and registering votes for the party candidates in favour of the BJP, officials said on Friday. Also Read - Poll Panel Seeks Report on TMC's Complaint About PM's Pic on COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
The agent, Dhara Singh, was booked on the directives of the Election Commission after he allegedly spread “fake news” that the EVM button against the BSP candidate’s name and symbol, when pressed, resulted in votes to the BJP at the Kasoli polling centre in Bijnore Lok Sabha constituency here Thursday, they said. Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours
District Magistrate Ajay Shanker Pandey told PTI on Friday that during the inquiry, the Election Commission found the complaint’s claim to be incorrect. Also Read - Bengal Election 2021: Election Commission Removes Bengal ADG a Day After Announcing Poll Dates
Subsequently, a case was registered against Singh under Indian Penal Code sections 171, 188 and 505 and provisions of The Representation of the People Act at Bhopa police station.
It is learnt that the BSP agent had told the media that the EVM was faulty at Kasoli polling booth.
The Election Commission took a serious view of the complaint and ordered the district magistrate to report to it regarding the incident.
Kasoli polling centre is in Miranpur assembly constituency which falls under the Bijnor Lok Sabha constituency in which elections were held in the first phase on Thursday.