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Rakesh Tikait fears rigging in counting of votes, urges farmers to safeguard it

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: After the seventh and last phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh on March 7, results for five states’ assembly seats including UP, will be announced on March 10. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader, Rakesh Tikait,  on Sunday showed his apprehension against rigging in counting of votes.

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The farmers’ leader also called upon the farmers to monitor the counting site by taking 2 days off as he fears that during the counting of votes, there may be disturbances.

Rakesh Tikait while holding a press conference said, “It is your job to secure the votes of the one whom you have voted for. I am neither a candidate nor a supporter of anyone. People have to watch out because they will cheat. You take your tractor and take leave on 9th and 10th March due to farmer counting. Take your quilt, blanket and two days’ food with you. There could be dishonesty.”

He further said, “The plan is to win at least one seat in a district through foul play. Will have to keep an eye on it. Get the count confirmed.” Along with this, the BKU leader also appealed to the farmers to be on guard through tweets. His tweet read, “Apart from guarding the country’s border and agriculture, farmers should also be ready to guard the vote. There is no trust in the deceitful leaders”.

Further targeting the RSS, Rakesh Tikait said, “150 judges have been recruited by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in this country. This country will be run by the organization of RSS. RSS has taken over this country. The Samajwadi Party has also submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission alleging irregularities in the counting of votes. Along with this, the Rashtriya Lok Dal has also asked the workers to stand firm, alleging irregularities in the counting of votes”.

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Voting will be held in Uttar Pradesh for the seventh phase on March 7 for 54 seats in 9 districts across the state. All these districts come under Purvanchal.

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