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Togadia lying, his name exists in voters list: Election Commission

EC issued voters list with his name on his old address. Togadia said he had voted from a new address but didn't find his name this time.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2002 18:28 IST

The controversy over omission of Praveen Togadia's name from the voters list for Gujarat assembly polls took a new twist tonight with state election authorities dismissing the claim of firebrand VHP leader and asserting his name was very much in the list in his old address.

State chief electoral officer Gurucharan Singh said that "Togadia is not telling the truth, his name exists in the voters list as per his old residential address".

Ahmedabad district election officer Sunaina Tomar also issued a statement, saying Togadia's name along with that of his family was in the list.

Togadia, when contacted, countered EC's stand saying "since last ten years, I have shifted to Memnagar from my earlier residence of Bapunagar and voted thrice from my new residential area".

While Bapunagar falls under Rakhial constituency, Memnagar falls under Sarkhej assembly constituency, both in Ahmedabad district.

Togadia said he would take up the issue with the election authorities on Friday.

Earlier, angry over his name "not figuring" in the voters list, Togadia charged the chief election commissioner J M Lyngdoh "with hatching a conspiracy against Hindu society by deliberately omitting names of a large number of Hindus".

The Election Commission, meanwhile,released details relating to his name figuring in the Naroda Pataya assembly constituency in Ahmedabad.

Deputy Election Commission A N Jha said that the name of Togadia was in the voter list of 78-Naroda in part 130 as serial number 154.

Jha said the names of his family members were registered from serial number 155 to 159 and the address of the VHP leader was shown as Vraj Colony, Naroda.

First Published: Dec 12, 2002 22:28 IST