Congress Friday alleged that there were severe irregularities in the electoral rolls in Gujarat and the sheer numbers of "bogus voters" could affect the results of elections in the Narendra Modi-ruled state.
The party alleged that Chief Minister Modi and the state BJP are responsible for the "large-scale irregularities". "In every assembly segment, 8,000 to 15,000 voters are fake.
The irregularity is so extensive that this could decide victory and defeat in the elections," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters here. He said the officials of the state government prepare the electoral rolls and this is done under the supervision of the political leadership.
"Gujarat Chief Minister and the state BJP are responsible for this."
Earlier, a Congress delegation, comprising AICC General Secretary B K Hariprasad, Gujarat Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil, AICC Secretary P Sudhakar Reddy, state unit chief Siddharth Patel and Tewari met Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and lodged a complaint on the issue.
PCC President Siddharth Patel claimed that one EPIC card has been used multiple times, the number of one EPIC card of one constituency has been used in some other constituency and several names have been listed on the same address.
"We gave all details to the CEC with proof," Patel said, adding, "30 lakh voters have been illegally registered in the state". He said, "in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, vote difference between BJP and the Congress was 5.49 lakh in all the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies", indicating that the alleged irregularities could have affected the outcome.
Patel claimed that in the 2007 assembly elections, the margin of victory was less than 7,000 in 61 assembly segments while the "irregularities" were to the tune of 8,000 to 15,000 voters in each of the constituency.
"The question is whether the results of the assembly elections in 2007 and Lok Sabha elections of 2009 were free and fair," the PCC President said.
He also questioned the proposal to use e-voting and voting by mobile phones in the local polls in Gujarat saying that the "irregularities" in the electoral rolls will be "made full use of" with such a practice.