An independent candidate for the Indian general election broke down in tears on live television after learning that he, at the time, believed he only received five votes at the booth where his family of nine cast their ballots.
Neetu Shutteran Wala, who contended for his civic seat in Jalandhar, Punjab, alleged that the voting machines had been manipulated against his favor.
The frustrated candidate added that he had left his shop for a month to work with people. He then vowed, “I’m never going to contest election again.”
Wala, however, did not actually collect just five votes. According to the Election Commission of India, he received 856 votes in the final tally, with three other candidates polling fewer votes.
Meanwhile, Santokh Singh Chaudhary of the Indian National Congress won the seat with 385,712 votes. A total of 1,018,998 votes were registered in Jalandhar.
The Indian general election, which ran from April 11 to May 19, was held to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, or the lower house of the country’s bicameral Parliament.
While Wala did not make much of a difference in the elections, his live TV breakdown won thousands of shares on social media.
Neetu Shatran Wala of Jalandhar constituency broke into tears when he found out he got only 5 votes. He wasn’t sad because he got 5 votes, he was sad because his family has 9 members and yet he got only 5 votes.😒😭😒 #Verdict2019 #ElectionResults2019 pic.twitter.com/9jfPiPT7pW
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 23, 2019
If you think it’s a bad day for congress today, take a look at this guy. ‘Neetu shutteran vala’, independent candidate from jalandhar got only FIVE votes. He has a family of nine. pic.twitter.com/Ig7ptEwEqi
— Dh (@_xLNc) May 23, 2019
i am sorry, but i couldn’t stop myself from laughing
‘Neetu shutteran vala’, independent candidate from jalandhar got only FIVE votes. He has a family of nine. pic.twitter.com/H8wrKpaVGl
— The Khabri (@TheKhbri) May 23, 2019
The best part about the election results is Neetu Shutteran Wala from my hometown made it to international meme pages. We are with you Neetu paaji pic.twitter.com/eVz9ZoGXG6
— Pankaj (@pankazz) May 23, 2019
I feel guilty about laughing so hard because I do feel genuinely bad for him.
There are just some things family can’t buy https://t.co/imyRJxRFqa
— Prateek Pant (@DrunkenPandaman) May 25, 2019
As he may have suspected, however, there was a malfunction in vote reporting at the time of his viral breakdown. By the end of the day, Wala managed to win a total of 856 votes, according to Navbharat Times.
Images via YouTube / Jagbani