New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear Congress leader Kamal Nath’s plea alleging duplication of voters in the voters’ list in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Nath, in his plea filed through advocate Varun Chopra, has alleged that they were not provided draft voter list in word format by ECI like it is doing in Rajasthan and in a survey conducted by him in Madhya Pradesh, over 60 lakh fake voters have been found.
Yesterday, in a counter-affidavit filed before the top court against Nath’s plea seeking transparency and accountability in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections, the Election Commission said that the draft electoral rolls are being provided in PDF formats in poll-bound states to protect the privacy of voters and their profiling.
Coming down heavily on the Congress, the EC told the top court that it is not bound to conduct elections as per the wishes of Grand Old Party and its leaders. “The Congress party cannot approach the Supreme Court time and again and interfere in its functioning,” the poll panel said.
The poll panel justified providing the draft electoral rolls in PDF format in Madhya Pradesh without any pictures of voters and said that it was done to prevent manipulation of the electors data.
It sought dismissal of petition filed by senior Congress leader Kamal Nath alleging duplication of names in the voters list as “not maintainable”, “completely frivolous” and “an abuse of the process of court”.
The poll panel termed providing of draft electoral rolls in word format in Rajasthan as an “inadvertent error” and in contravention of rules and for the same, necessary action has been initiated by the ECI and the CEO, Rajasthan has been replaced.
With regard to allegation of 60 lakh duplicate voters found in draft electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh, the poll panel said that it has already been replied to the All India Congress Committee after the receipt of field verification report carried out by the CEO of MP.
“Insofar as the allegation of 60 lakhs duplicate, multiple entries are concerned, it is revealed on verification that the complaint is based on limited parameters of common name, relation and gender. It is significant to mention that the other necessary parameters of age and photo have not been included by the complainant in reaching the said figure of 60 lakhs,” it said.
The apex court had on August 23, sought reply of poll panel on the petitions filed by Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot.