Madhya Pradesh Congress files complaint with state EC over ‘fake voters’ in list
Adelegation of Congress leaders headed by JP Dhanopia and Manoj Shukla complained to state chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao that the booth-level officers who were involved in the irregularities were not entertaining complaints regarding fake voters.Updated: Aug 20, 2018 20:06 IST
The fake voters controversy in Madhya Pradesh has refused to die down.
In a complaint to the state election commission on Monday, the state Congress once again alleged that a large number of fake voters were included in the voters’ list in connivance with booth-level officers (BLOs) across the state.
Earlier, state Congress president Kamal Nath and state Congress election campaign committee head Jyotiraditya Scindia had lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi claiming that there were about 60 lakh fake voters in Madhya Pradesh. The election commission, however, had said it found no merit in the Congress’s allegations.
On Monday, a delegation of Congress leaders headed by JP Dhanopia and Manoj Shukla complained to state chief electoral officer (CEO) VL Kantha Rao that the BLOs who were involved in the irregularities were not entertaining complaints regarding fake voters.
Citing examples of fake voters, the delegation told the CEO that names of former minister Yadvendra Singh and his family members were missing from the voters’ list in Tikamgarh. Similarly, there were several other political workers whose names had been deleted, they said.
In Narela assembly constituency of Bhopal, represented by minister of state for cooperatives Vishwas Sarang, there were at least 11,000 fake voters despite the election commission revising the voters’ lists, the delegation alleged.
Dhanopia said, “We have received complaints from various places in the state that the names of Congress supporters are being dropped from the voters’ lists. There are several people whose names existed in voters’ lists in January this year but were deleted during the revision work in August.”
Yadvendra Singh could not be reached for his comments.
Chief electoral officer Rao said he was looking into the complaints.
State BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said, “It is the Congress’ habit to look for some reasons ahead of elections to justify their defeat in the polls.”
Summary revision of voters’ lists conducted by state chief electoral officer in May and June this year suggested that the number of voters had come down to 4.94 crore from 5.07 crore. This number of 4.94 crore voters includes approximately 11.40 lakh new voters.