UP mein cycle hi aayegi: SP workers sing, dance hours before counting of votes

  • Uttar Pradesh elections 2022: The exit polls have predicted a win for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, with the SP emerging as the runner-up.
Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav.
Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav.
Updated on Mar 09, 2022 11:03 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Hours before Uttar Pradesh comes to know who they have chosen as their ruling dispensation, workers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) were seen outside a strong room in Noida - singing songs, accompanied by an earthen pitcher and dancing. Sat at the spot to keep a vigil on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the workers sang, “UP mein cycle hein aayegi (Cycle - the party symbol of SP, will come in Uttar Pradesh)”.

Addressing their party, which is led by former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, the workers further sang, “Netaji ki ankh ke taare, UP ka vikas tumhi ho (The star of Netaji's eyes, you define the development in Uttar Pradesh)”.

The vigilance by SP workers began from Tuesday following Akhilesh's explosive attack on the saffron party, saying they are “stealing votes” and tampering with the EVMs. At a press briefing, the SP chief said that the Varanasi district magistrate (DM) Kaushalraj Sharma was transporting the EVMs.

The government official as well as the Election Commission of India, however, brushed aside the allegations later, saying the machines were meant for ‘training purpose" and were being transported in a truck. The poll body added that the EVMs were transported to training locations at a college in the northern state and kept in a foodgrains’ warehouse.

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According to PTI, three officials have been removed from election duty in Uttar Pradesh after the SP's allegations. They were replaced after orders from the Election Commission. The nodal officer for EVMs in Varanasi, an additional election officer in Bareilly district, and a returning officer (RO) in Sonbhadra district have been taken off poll duty before tomorrow's counting of votes.

Meanwhile, the SP and the saffron party both sent letters to the poll body during the day. Akhilesh's camp demanded webcasting of the vote counting process and making the ‘live’ link available to chief election officers, poll officials and all political parties. The BJP called has demanded for offering “full protection” to vote counting venues, its adjoining areas and the entire process while also calling for intervention into the SP's allegations saying “spreading lies and inciting citizens is a serious and grave offence”.

The exit polls have predicted a win for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, with the SP emerging as the runner-up.

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