An Indian voter has seemingly taken drastic measures after casting his ballot for the wrong party, by chopping off his finger.
The man who meant to vote for the regional Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) cut off his finger after he wrongly voted for the nationally ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the second phase of parliamentary polls 2019.
Pawan Kumar, said he accidentally pressed the wrong the button.
“I accidentally pressed the button having Lotus symbol instead of an elephant. I chopped my finger for the mistake,” he told news agency ANI.
He cut off the digit marked with the indelible ink to show he had voted, according to media reports and an online video apparently showing the aftermath.
Mr Kumar, who is from a village in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, said he voted for the BJP’s sitting lawmaker Bhola Singh instead of the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Yogesh Verma.
The widely-shared video shows Mr Kumar sitting on a chair with his index finger wrapped in bandage. When asked if he was forced to press on the BJP button, he said no.