New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) O P Rawat alleging deletion of “lakhs” of voters in the national capital “at the instance of the BJP”. He also sought an appointment from Rawat to discuss the matter. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: ‘Delhi Govt to Give Rs 5,000 to Autorickshaw, Gramin-sewa Drivers,’ Says Kejriwal
“It has come to our notice that names of lakhs of voters in Delhi have been deleted after last assembly elections. Most names…Have been deleted with mala fide intention. Procedure prescribed under law for deletion of names has not been followed,” he wrote in the letter. Also Read - Total COVID-19 Count Reaches 1834; Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu Report Highest Cases, Death Toll at 41 | Top Points
A “cursory look” on the deleted names showed that “most of them” were AAP or Congress voters, Kejriwal claimed, alleging it might have been done by some officers “at the instance of BJP” to prevent them from voting. Also Read - Action Will be Taken Against People Violating Home Quarantine Order, Says Kejriwal
“It appears to be a huge scam. Its implications on democracy are grave. Elections in Delhi would be a farce if conducted through these voters lists,” he wrote.
Kejriwal demanded a time-bound and transparent enquiry by the Election Commission and also adding back of the deleted names.
Recently, AAP in-charge for the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Raghav Chadha had alleged that around one lakh names were deleted from voters’ list in the constituency in the past six months to one year.
Kejriwal said that an enquiry conducted by him revealed that in nine cases, names were deleted in July 2018, after a door-to-door survey by booth-level officer(BLO) who could not locate addresses of the voters.
After the enquiry, the officers got Form 6 filled for enrolling five of the persons in the voters list and assured that remaining persons will also be included in the list.
“If the BLO could not locate the houses during the door-to-door survey in July 2018, how could he locate houses so easily after enquiry was ordered?,” he questioned.
The Delhi Chief Minister also said it was noticed that most names were deleted after the previous Assembly elections in Delhi.
(With PTI inputs)