In a shocking incident, a voter on Thursday reportedly chopped off his finger after he "mistakenly" pressed the button of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election symbol instead of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr. 25-year-old Pawan Kumar, a supporter of Mayawati's BSP, had gone to vote in Shikarpur area of the constituency. He reportedly wanted to vote for BSP's Yogesh Verma but mistakenly voted for the BJP candidate.
Upon releasation of his "mistake", he chopped off his finger, according to a report published in The Hindustan Times. Polling in Bulandshahr was held in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday where sitting BJP MP Bhola Singh is up against SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate Yogesh Verma.
The BJP, that win 73 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh in 2014, is facing a tough challenge from the united regional parties. In order to defeat the BJP, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP), Mayawati's BSP and Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.
Over 900 million people are eligible to vote in the national elections. The Lok Sabha elections are world's largest and will be held in seven phases. Voting for the first two phases have already been held while the remaining phased will complete by May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.