Scandalous! Voting ink vanishes after applying nail polish remover, alleges Congress leader

Scandalous! Voting ink vanishes after applying nail polish remover, alleges Congress leader
My ink has vanished into the blue within an hour of voting with just a slight application of a nail polish remover, alleged Congress leader Sanjay Jha

Congress leader and spokesperson Sanjay Jha on Monday claimed that the indelible ink applied on his finger after voting came out completely after he applied some nail polish remover.

Earlier today, the senior leader, who exercised his franchise from the Mumbai-South constituency, shared a picture of his marked index finger on micro-blogging site Twitter in a bid to encourage people to go out and vote.

Minutes later, he took to Twitter again to share another picture of his index finger. Only this time, there was no visible mark or sign suggesting that indelible ink was ever applied on it.

Jha claimed that a friend informed him that the ink mark on her hand had come off quite easily, following which he tried to replicate the process and applied nail polish remover on his own finger.

To his surprise, the ink vanished after a light application of nail polish remover.

“S C A N D A L O U S!!! My ink has vanished into the blue within an hour of voting with just a slight application of a nail polish remover. After a friend sent a photo saying her voting ink got easily removed, I am sending mine as proof,” he tweeted.

At least two similar instances were reported by other citizens, both of which the Congress leader highlighted by retweeting.

Jha also posted a video message about the incident, captioning it – ‘My ink vanished fairly easily. And I am not the only one’. In the video, the senior leader details the apparent issue at hand and seeks an explanation from the Election Commission of India (ECI).


The violet-coloured ink, applied the forefinger of a person after voting, is manufactured by Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. Due to its composition, it is supposed to stay visible for at least a few days after voting.

While Jha’s allegations could not be independently confirmed, the party is reportedly in the process of filing an official complaint with the ECI about the ink’s removal and its possible misuse.

A total of 17 Lok Sabha constituencies went for polls today in the fourth and last phase of elections in the state, where as many as 3.11 crore voters spread across the Mumbai metropolitan region and northern-western Maharashtra are eligible to vote.

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