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Dahod Booth capturing: Re-elections announced, five suspended

Updated: May 9th, 2024

Vijay Bhabhor

Re-voting has been announced in Gujarat’s Dahod at Santrampur in Mahisagar district over the complaints of booth capturing on May 7.

Voting at Parthampura polling booth will now be undertaken again on May 11, according to reports.

Notably, accused Vijay Bhabhor, whom the Congress has alleged to be the son of a local BJP leader, created this ruckus inside the polling station on the voting day and threatened the booth officials.

This incident led to suspension of five government employees with an immediate effect in Dahod after the decision of election commission.

Bhabhor also live-streamed the entire incident on his social media platform, where he could be heard saying, “Keep it open for 5–10 minutes; we are sitting here. I am Vijay Bhabhor, and the machine (EVM) belongs to my father.”

According to sources, Bhabhor had also conducted bogus voting by meeting other people.

Reacting to this, Congress Lok Sabha candidate Dr Prabha Taviyad complained against Bhabhor. The Election Commission had sought a report from the district collector in this matter.

A complaint was also registered against Ramesh Bhabhor, state BJP vice president (ST Morcha), who was detained by the authorities.