‘40,000 bogus votes in supplementary voter lists for Amritsar’

Flanked by the Congress leadership of Majha,senior leader Rana K P on Thursday alleged that 40,000 bogus votes have been included as supplementary votes and several genuine votes cancelled in Amritsar for the June 10 civic polls.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Published: June 8, 2012 12:34 am

Flanked by the Congress leadership of Majha,senior leader Rana K P on Thursday alleged that 40,000 bogus votes have been included as supplementary votes and several genuine votes cancelled in Amritsar for the June 10 civic polls.

“Not only a number of genuine votes have been cancelled,votes of several Congress supporters have also been shifted to other wards to benefit the ruling SAD-BJP combine,” Rana told mediapersons.

The party will hand over a memorandum to the Amritsar DC in this regard on Friday. “We will demand that these votes should not be included,as outsider votes in thousands can affect the poll results,” Rana added.

Congress leader Jasbir Singh Dimpa claimed that in Amritsar South constituency alone,11,000 bogus votes have been included in the supplementary rolls. Armed with lists,which he claimed he had procured with great difficulty,Dimpa named a number of “irregularities”. “There are 99 votes in a single house in ward 40. In wards 30 to 45,there are 11,000 bogus votes. In ward 40,230 votes belong to house which has no number. Do these people live on roads?” Dimpa asked. He also alleged that the supplementary rolls did not carry the photographs of the voters,as was mandatory.

Dimpa went on to accuse the state election commissioner for allegedly turning a deaf ear to his efforts. “Democracy is being raped and the state election commissioner is a party to that,” Dimpa alleged,claiming that he had tried to contact commissioner a number of times via email,SMS and phone,but to no avail.

Punjab Election Commissioner,S S Brar,however denied the allegations. “No one has ever contacted me. The allegations are baseless,” Brar said.

When contacted,Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said: “I wonder why at this stage they are levelling such allegations when the final voters’ roll was published on May 20 and every party was provided with a copy free of cost. Though certain additions and deletions were made till May 29,those were very small. 40,000 is a huge number. We will get the matter probed thoroughly,” he said.

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