January 24, 2009 1:13:17 am
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has filed a complaint with the Election Commissioner of India,alleging that Delhis electoral roll has more than 11 lakh fake voters. The party also claims that the number of voters in the Capital has increased by over 7 lakh in just the past one year.
A team led by the partys Delhi unit president,Om Prakash Kohli,met election commissioner Naveen Chawla with the complaint on Friday.
The information technology cell of our party studied the electoral roll closely and we found that 11,24,781 duplicate voters have been added in the list, Kohli told the media later. In addition,there are nearly 15 lakh names in voters list with only minor differences.
The BJP also presented a CD containing the list of duplicate names to election commissioner Chawla.
Emphasising that as many as 7 lakh voters were added to the list in one year running up to last Novembers Assembly elections,Kohli said the difference in the share of votes between the Congress and the BJP was just 3 per cent. What is the credibility of an election fought on the basis of an electoral roll that has gross irregularities? Kohli asked.
The BJP is also discussing the possibility of moving the court on the issue.
Delhis electoral rolls are at present undergoing revision. As per the schedule for revision,the draft photo electoral rolls of all 70 Assembly constituencies were published on January 12. The Election Commission had provided a window period till January 27 for Delhi citizens to get their names included,corrected or deleted.
The final roll will be published on February 10 based on the updated information. Kohli criticised this,too. The Election Office has not distributed voters identity cards to all, he said. In such situation,making January 27 the last date for inclusion and correction of names is a very short time; it should be extended.
The BJP has also sought a ban on ration cards being used as an identity proof while voting. Interestingly,senior BJP leader and former Chandni Chowk MP Vijay Goel had last year led a campaign to get ration cards included as one of the identity proofs for voters.
The BJP delegation also demanded that the Election Commission should form a joint team of its booth-level officers and booth-level agents of political parties to sort out the issue.
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