Pawan Kumar, a Dalit voter on Thursday chopped off his finger after he accidentally pressed the button of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election symbol instead of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) during the second phase of voting in Bulandshahr.
BSP supporter Pawan Kumar, a resident of Abdullapur Hulasan village had gone to vote for SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate but voted for BJP by mistake.
Even though votes are cast electronically at polling stations, the index finger of every voter is marked with indelible ink after they cast ballots, to make sure they do not vote again.
A second video showed the butcher’s knife on the ground outside a toilet, with Kumar stood nearby holding up his hand with a bandage over the missing appendage.
“I wanted to vote for the elephant, but I voted for the flower by mistake,” Mr Kumar can be heard saying in the video. He is referring to the party symbols displayed on the voting machine next to the name of each candidate.
Frustrated over his mistake, Pawan returned home and chopped off his finger. Kumar was rushed to a hospital but was soon discharged after his treatment.
A youth in Abdullapur Hulaspur village in UP’s Bulandshahr severed his own finger for accidently voting BJP instead of BSP. pic.twitter.com/zXq9LwOOH3
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) April 18, 2019
In Bulandshahr, the contest was between the sitting MP and BJP candidate Bhola Singh and SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate Yogesh Verma.
While the BJP’s symbol is a lotus, the elephant is the symbol of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a regional heavyweight that has allied with two other regional parties against the BJP.
Thursday was the second day of India’s marathon election which started on April 11 and runs through to May 19.