Shivpal finds the going tough in UP elections
A low turnout of voters in the first phase, forcing him to lose his cool at a number of places, reports Rajesh Kumar Singh.Updated: Apr 09, 2007, 03:39 IST
Shivpal Yadav ko gussa kyo ata hai? A low turnout of voters on Friday made Shivpal Yadav pretty jittery, forcing him to lose his cool at a number of places in the interiors of Jaswantnagar.
Moving fast on the dusty roads in his air-conditioned Mitshubishi Pajero, he even threatened the polling staff at some places.
As the reports of low polling percentage in his constituency trickled in, Shivpal along with his supporters dashed to the booths and started putting pressure on the polling officials and CPMF jawans to permit his supporters to cast their vote. Shivpal had a tiff with the CPMF jawans at Akbarpur polling booth. Shivpal wanted to enter the booth in his vehicle, his security in tow. But the jawans refused. Shivpal lost his cool and there was heated exchange between him and the jawans. Soon supporters of the SP started gathering at the booth and raised slogan against the Election Commission. But the CPMF jawans remained unmoved. When the SP workers tried to force their way into the booth, some of the jawans aimed their guns on the workers. Finding themselves cornered, Shivpal and his supporters beat a hasty retreat.
Soon the local police force along with the officials deputed by Election Commission arrived at the booth and brought the situation under control. Shivpal and his supporters threatened that they would lodge an FIR against the CPMF officials for misbehaving with the voters.
Shivpal and his supporters then moved toward another booth located in Kharjauli village. But the CPMF officers along with jawans followed him there. "He is out to create disturbance in the area and we would not allow that to happen," said an additional commandant of the force.
At Kharjauli again, Shivpal had a tiff with the jawans and alleged that his supporters were beaten up. Remove the CPMF officers or be ready to face the consequences, he threatened. Soon officers of the local police joined him. A DySP rank officer of the UP police told the central force officials to allow the people to cast their vote. They were once again told that only genuine voters would be allowed.
Then Shivpal moved toward Hirapur village but was stopped by the CPMF jawans. When the CPMF jawans followed him to Rajmau village, Shivpal gave up and along with his entourage returned to his native village Saifai.
“We cannot stop him from moving in the area since he is a candidate, but we would certainly not allow him have his way,” said an officer.
Talking to Hindustan Times later, Shivpal said his fight was against injustice. He alleged the central forces jawans were not allowing genuine voters to cast their vote. “They threatened me and chased my supporters, I will lodge a complaint with the EC,” he said.