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Salem?s name missing from electoral list

EVEN AS dreaded don Abu Salem has started his poll campaign with posters in his home constituency of Mubarakpur in Azamgarh district, the possibility of him actually contesting the elections seem bleak, as his name does not figure on the voter list.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 01:06 IST
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EVEN AS dreaded don Abu Salem has started his poll campaign with posters in his home constituency of Mubarakpur in Azamgarh district, the possibility of him actually contesting the elections seem bleak, as his name does not figure on the voter list.

The counsel for Salem has submitted a petition to the Election Commission, demanding inclusion of his client's name in the electoral list. But the State Government was against the idea, sources said.

Officials maintained that since Abu Salem is not a resident of Mubarakpur, his name cannot be included in the voter list.

Senior counsel Harjout Singh, arguing the case of the don in the Mumbai court, said on Tuesday that a petition had been moved with the EC for inclusion of Salem’s name in the voter list before the final publication of the electoral rolls in the first week of January.

“Revision of electoral rolls are under way. How can anyone reject the plea, as Salem is yet to be convicted by any court,” Singh maintained.

Giving another ‘strong’ reason for inclusion of his name in the voter list, he said the Central Government had told Lisbon during extradition of the don that he was a resident of UP's Mubarakpur.

“The government cannot make a U-turn now,” he asserted.

"If Salem's name is not included in the voter list, then we will certainly move the High Court on the issue", he added.

Meanwhile, State Home Secretary R M Srivastava here said the don's name was removed from the electoral list, as he was absconding from the country.

“Like it was done in Bihar, the name of any voter come be struck off if he or she is not residing in the area for more than six months,” he said, adding that since Salem was not residing in Mubarakpur and left the area a decade ago, how could his name be included in the voter list.

First Published: Oct 25, 2006 01:06 IST