UP Polling Booths Turn Battlegrounds: ECI Under Scrutiny After Sambhal Clashes

Watch as tensions escalate during the 3rd phase of Lok Sabha Elections in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. Video footage captures the disturbing reality of police brutality as officers clash with voters, raising serious questions about the integrity of the electoral process.

The aftermath of Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 has brought disturbing revelations from Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal constituency, shedding light on alleged instances of voter suppression and police brutality. As video clips circulate on social media, depicting scenes of chaos and intimidation, concerns about the integrity of the electoral process have been heightened.

Sambhal, traditionally a stronghold of the Samajwadi Party (SP), has emerged as a battleground in this electoral contest. The late Shafiq Ur-Rehman Barq, a veteran SP leader who passed away at the age of 93 a few months ago, had previously secured victory in this constituency multiple times. Now, SP has fielded his grandson, Zia Ur-Rehman Barq, the incumbent Kundarki MLA, to carry forward the party’s legacy in Sambhal.

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With its significant Muslim population, constituting nearly 35% of the electorate, Sambhal has historically posed challenges for the BJP. In the 2019 elections, the BJP faced defeat in all six seats within the Moradabad division, which encompasses Sambhal. The dynamics of religious and political affiliations in the region have made it a fiercely contested terrain, with each party vying for supremacy.

However, the events unfolding in Sambhal during Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha elections have cast a shadow over the democratic process. Reports of police clashing with voters, allegations of voter suppression, and disturbing acts of violence have raised serious questions about the conduct of elections in this constituency.

The Election Commission’s claims of transparent voting have come under scrutiny in light of the video evidence emerging from Sambhal. Despite assurances of fair elections, the reality on the ground tells a different story, one marred by fear, coercion, and the trampling of democratic rights.

As the nation awaits the final outcome of the Lok Sabha elections, the incidents in Sambhal serve as a stark reminder of the challenges facing Indian democracy. The need for accountability, transparency, and the protection of citizens’ rights has never been more urgent.

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