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Voters’ names missing from rolls: BJP blames poll authorities

A day after thousands of Mumbaikars, including several prominent personalities, were left disenfranchised after their names were found missing from the electoral rolls, the BJP asked the election authorities on Friday, to undertake an exercise to revise electoral rolls.

Prominent citizens who could not vote in Mumbai included HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani and Bombay Stock Exchange Chairman Ashishkumar Chauhan.

Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said that many of them had cast their ballots during both general as well as assembly elections in 2009 and also carried valid voter identity cards.

“Almost 90 per cent of the names deleted are of those who were considered traditional voters of the Shiv Sena and the BJP,” he said.

“How can the name of a person like Parekh, who has voted earlier be deleted,” Fadnavis asked, adding that “Due procedure was not followed before deleting names and no intimation was given to those concerned”.

Deletion of names on such a large scale is unnatural, Fadnavis said. “I heard about an employee of a company involved in electoral roll work offering to delete names from the list at the rate of Rs 300 per name,” he said.

“The Maharashtra chief electoral officer and returning officers of constituencies say that it is voters’ responsibility to check if their names are present in electoral rolls. If that is indeed the case, then please let us know what is your (Election Commission’s) responsibility,” Fadnavis said.

BJP’s candidate from Mumbai North East Kirit Somaiya filed a police complaint for “criminal negligence and conspiracy”. “Over one lakh names were either deleted or simply went missing across Ghatkopar, Mulund and Bhandup in my constituency,” he said.

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