Samajwadi Party on Sunday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging harassment of its workers and leaders in Gorakhpur during polling.
The party also questioned the Election Commission’s claim of conducting free and fair polls in Uttar Pradesh.
A delegation of the SP met the Chief Electoral Officer of UP on Sunday and complained about the detention of party leaders in Gorakhpur on the orders of the Bharatiya Janata Part government with the intention of influencing polling.
The SP leaders also alleged that at some places, the names of genuine voters were deleted from the voters’ list, particularly in Muslim dominated localities.
A memorandum submitted by the SP delegation to the Chief Electoral Officer alleged that in a deliberate move, faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) were installed in certain booths so that Muslims, who are observing Ramzan, did not vote as they could not stand in queue for long.
The delegation also raised the issue of clash between BJP and SP workers in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency and asked the Election Commission to take action against the ruling party leaders.
SP senior leader Udayveer Singh Yadav and Anand Bhadoria led the delegation.