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BJP demands EC to deploy women police to examine voter ID of burqa-clad women

BJP demands EC to deploy women police to examine voter ID of burqa-clad women
Burqa clad women voters show their voter cards as they wait in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of UP assembly polls in Ayodhya on Wednesday.

Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday urged the Election Commission to ensure deployment of women police officers and para-military forces at “sensitive” polling booths in the last two phases of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls to examine burqa-clad female voters.

In a representation to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), the party said, “The BJP demands that to establish the identity of burqa-clad female voters in the sixth and seventh phase of the UP polls, women police and central para-military forces be posted at the sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling booths.”

It said a large number of burqa-clad women exercise their franchise and there was a possibility of false voting. “Adequate deployment of female police would ensure proper checking of women voters, and at the same time, minimise incidents of bogus voting,” it said.