Lok Sabha by-election: Voting begins for by-elections in Azamgarh and Rampur, Azam accuses police

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Voting for the by-elections in Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha constituencies will be held on Thursday from 7 am to 6 pm. A total of 35.45 lakh voters will decide the fate of 6 candidates in Rampur and 13 in Azamgarh. Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla has claimed to have completed all the preparations to make the polling fair and peaceful. The results will come on June 26. Meanwhile, Azam Khan has made serious allegations against the state police.

He resigned from the post of MP of Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency after SP President Akhilesh Yadav was elected MLA from Katehri. Similarly, Azam Khan resigned from the post of Rampur Lok Sabha MP after being elected MLA from Rampur. By-elections are being held on Rampur and Azamgarh seats, which fell vacant due to the resignation of both.

Ajay Kumar Shukla said that in view of Kovid-19, on the day of polling, all security arrangements will be made at the polling stations as per the Kovid protocol. He informed that 35.45 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in the by-election. Of these, 18.78 lakh are male and 16.67 lakh female and 218 are third gender voters. He informed that 6 candidates are contesting in Rampur Lok Sabha constituency and 13 in Azamgarh Lok Sabha by-election. 1 female candidate is also contesting in Azamgarh.

He informed that a total of 4234 polling booths have been set up in the by-elections. Two General Observers and 02 Expenditure Observers have also been deployed by the Election Commission of India to monitor the polling. Apart from these, 291 Sector Magistrates, 40 Zonal Magistrates, 10 Static Magistrates and 433 Micro Supervisors have also been deployed.

Azam made allegations

Meanwhile, shortly before the start of the voting, Azam Khan has said that if the voting percentage falls, then the blame lies on the government too. They created havoc overnight. Jeeps and sirens were everywhere in the city (Rampur). They took people to the police station, beat them up and I have also heard about some money transfers. it’s embarrassing.

Azam said that I have been awake for the whole night. Our Lok Sabha candidates had gone to Ganj police station, Kotwali and Civil Lines police station (in Rampur). Ganj police station had the most indecent behavior. He even committed violence.

Azam Khan accused the police of violence last night and said that I am a criminal, I agree… so my city has also been considered as such. They can do whatever they want, we have to endure. If I want to stay, I have to endure.

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