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Poll panel on verification drive after Congress lists 60 lakh fake voters in Madhya Pradesh

Monday June 4, 2018 1:07 PM, & Agencies

Fake Voters Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: Four teams formed by the State Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh on Monday embarked on a mssive door to door verification drive after Congress alleged large scale discrepancies in the voters' list of the state.

The EC probe teams have also been asked to fix responsibility in case of deliberate mistakes, suggest corrective action and keep the Deputy Election Commissioner in the loop. The teams were asked to complete their tasks as early as possible because Madhya Pradesh is scheduled to go for assembly elections later this year.

The Madhya Pradesh Election Commission's verification drive began after a delegation of Congress leaders led by Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee President Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijay Singh, on Sunday raised the “gross irregularities” in the state’s voters’ rolls. The evidence, handed over by the Congress leaders to the EC, alleged that nearly 60 lakh fake voters had been created by the state government.

“We met the EC and handed them over a CD having evidence of fake voters. We have demanded a probe and that punishment be handed down to the guilty officers,” Kamal Nath while addressing media at the Congress headquarters after meeting the State Election Commission on Sunday.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who was also part of the delegation blamed the BJP government for deliberately creating fake voters.

“Such things do not take place by mistake. We found two types of forgeries in the voters’ list. First is related to duplication of voter ID cards. After analysing voters’ list of 101 assembly seats, we found that there were nearly 25 lakh such voters whose names were found in the voters’ list of two different wards of the same assembly seat,” said Scindia.

“In another type of forgery, we found about 27 lakhs fake voters whose names were included in the voters’ lists of two different assembly seats. Put together, we can say around 55 lakh fake voters have been included by the BJP government in the voters' list,” Scindia claimed.

“What we have analysed so far is only 40% of the total assembly seats. Going by this pattern, we can say that the BJP has created around 60 lakh fake voters in MP, which is 12 per cent of the total electorate", he added.

Meanwhile, admitting that there could be discrepancies denied that the number of fake names in the voter list could be 60 lakh.

"We have been deleting names of such persons. So far, around 3.86 lakh names have been deleted. I am constantly in touch with district magistrates and taking updates through repeated video conferencing", Madhya Pradesh Chief Election Officer Salina Singh said.

Salina Singh had in April this year said that six lakh names were removed from the voter list after Congress had raised similar allegations ahead of the 2018 by-elections.

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