A Christian group in Madhya Pradesh has alleged that names of several members from the community have been struck off electoral lists over the last few years.
The allegation has come at a time when the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) is engaged in an elaborate exercise to revise and update the electoral rolls in the state,which goes to poll towards the end of 2013.
The Madhya Pradesh Isai Mahasangh has written to each of its units in 50 districts asking them to check if Christian voters names exist on the roll,and send a detailed report within 20 days if names are missing.
We did not take the complaints received in the last few years seriously but now we think there is a pattern, Mahasangh general secretary Jerry Paul told The Indian Express. Paul,who is also an office-bearer of the Congress,alleged that this was a conspiracy on part of the ruling BJP.
The Mahasangh recently elected its district-level body in Jabalpur. It was during this exercise that it claimed to have realised that about 10,000 names didnt appear on the electoral rolls. Similar complaints were received from Jhabua,Balaghat,Khandwa,Hoshangabad,Sagar,Bhopal and Gwalior among other districts.
Mahasangh convener Fr Anand Muttungal said a four-member committee with members from Indore,Bhopal,Gwalior and Jabalpur has been formed to look into the complaints. After getting the probe report,the Mahasangh will take up the matter with appropriate authorities.
CEO Jaideep Govind said the community was yet to approach him but prima facie the allegation appeared to be incorrect.
If they come to us we will definitely look into their complaints and make corrections if needed, Govind said,adding that names of only those,who had shifted elsewhere were deleted from the rolls.
In the recent summary revision 25 lakh names were added and a door to door campaign to include new voters has begun on April 14 and would go on till May 31,he said.