Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has complained that during the first phase of voting in Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, police and administration stalled members of Dalit community from casting their votes.

Senior BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said, “In Uttar Pradesh today, the police and the administration stopped members of Dalit community from casting votes. We have registered a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) regarding this and requested immediate action. We’ve also told the EC that higher-ups had a hand in this.”

Mishra also claimed that the EVMs were faulty and in some places, votes were going to the BJP even if one pressed the BSP button. “We have registered another complaint with the Election Commission and have sent them a video clip in which it can be seen that the ‘elephant’ symbol is being pressed but the vote is going to BJP’s ‘lotus’ symbol. Our people had complained against it but no action was taken.”

The first phase of voting for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections concluded on Thursday. Of the 91 constituencies which went to polls on the day, only eight belonged to Uttar Pradesh. The BSP is in an alliance with the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal. It is contesting 38 seats while the SP has fielded its candidates on 37 seats and the RLD on three. The alliance left Rae Bareli and Amethi seats for UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi respectively.