A resident of Mumbai, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, has added to the ongoing claims that the “indelible” ink used by Election Commission officials is easily removable. Electoral ink is used for marking the fingers of those who have voted, so as to avoid duplicity in voting. As per Bhattacharya, this ink can be easily removed, thus stirring fears of probable voting fraud or instances of people voting more than once.
Manufactured by a company in Mysore, this indelible electoral ink is supposed to last for at least a week, but in Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s case, it didn’t even last for an hour after he mistakenly cut his finger off while chopping a watermelon.
Mr Bhattacharya posted an image of his chopped finger that had ink on it but was no longer a part of his body, thus bringing the Election Commission under direct attack.
“Many such stories are coming forward from various parts of the country. By simply chopping off one’s fingers a single person can vote at least ten times. This is a brazen mockery of the electoral process. Is the Election Commission sleeping?” said Bhattacharya in his post.
No official response has been received from the Election Commission yet but given how things are it is likely to be in tight spot defending such cases of electoral frauds. As per officials, the Election Commission has not responded yet as they are busy wasting their time analysing political speeches and turning a blind eye to poll booth vandalism in West Bengal.