New Delhi: The controversy over lakhs of names being deleted from Delhi state electoral rolls has picked up the pace again, so much so that the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi on Saturday issued an advisory. (Also read: Legal Notice Sent to EC Demanding to Form Rules For Social Media Companies Ahead of General Elections)
As per the advisory, “It has been brought to the notice of Chief Electoral Office, Delhi that a large number of calls have been received from unknown persons by many citizens of Delhi telling them that their names have already been deleted in the electoral roll. Citizens are hereby advised to beware of such misleading calls coming from unknown persons/entities/sources.”
It goes on to add, “The only authority to add or delete a name in the electoral is Electoral Registration Officer.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was quick to react. Taking to Twitter, he raked up the case of missing names in the recent Telangana Assembly elections and said, “EC should answer-
1. 22 lakh names wrongly deleted in Telangana- Didn’t EC aplogise?
2. Why were Jwala Gutta and her family names missing at polling centre though they existed on EC website? (1/2)”
He followed it up with another tweet a couple of minutes later wherein he claimed that the EC had given his party (AAP) a list of 24 lakh names which had been deleted in the state which the latter found to be wrong on enquiry. The CM has asked why the Election Commission didn’t allow the state government to conduct an enquiry in all such deletions as the poll body itself hadn’t conducted any enquiry.
He added that he wouldn’t allow a Telangana in his state.
AAP has been alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was involved in the deletion of voter names from state electoral rolls. Earlier last month, AAP’s national spokesperson and the party’s Lok Sabha candidate from south Delhi Raghav Chadha presented a constituency-wise list with names of voters that he claimed were deleted.
“Around 30 lakh votes were deleted by the BJP in collusion with some officers of the EC. The BJP wanted to avenge its defeat in the 2015 elections,” he was quoted as saying. However, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal was raking up a “false issue” and creating “unnecessary panic”.