The Election Commission has cancelled Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s vote in the Presidential poll that took place on Thursday. Mulayam Singh Yadav had marked his vote for BJP’s President nominee PA Sangma ‘by mistake’, so he asked for a second ballot paper and was given the same.
PA Sangma’s camp had Mulayam Singh Yadav with tearing his ballot paper after mistakenly voting in favour of the BJP-backed candidate in and had demanded cancellation of the second ballot paper issued to him.
In a written complaint to the Returning Officer for the poll, Sangma’s election agent Satya Pal Jain had objected to the grant of second ballot paper to Mulayam, saying he was “not entitled to another one (ballot)” under the law.
“Mulayam Singh Yadav marked his ballot paper in favour of Sangma and then realising his mistake tore it and requested the Returning Officer to give him another ballot paper, who issued another ballot paper to him. We have objected to the tearing of first ballot paper and objected to him being given another ballot paper, which he is not entitled to,” Jain said in his complaint.
The Sangma camp had sought cancellation of the second ballot paper issued to him and demanded that the first vote marked by him be considered valid.