Hyderabad: Telangana would be looking into the case of shuttler Jwala Gutta failing to cast her vote in Assembly election on Friday as her name wasn’t on the voters’ list, said ANI. Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said, “We are asking for a final report from the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO).”
Kumar said, “I do empathise with her. Actually, her name has been missing from electoral roll since 2016. So, in 2016, 2017, 2018, the inclusion was not there. We will rectify that situation.”
Gutta had earlier expressed disappointment over the same. “I checked my name online two or three weeks ago, my mother’s and my name were there but my father and sister’s name were missing. Today, when I went to cast my vote, my name was also missing from the list,” Gutta told ANI.
“I don’t understand why my name is missing. I’ve been living here for 12 years,” she added. The badminton player said that the voting process should be made easier for the citizens adding, “I think that the least we can expect.”
Gutta claimed that her name was present in the electoral list when she checked it online ahead of the Assembly elections, however, it was missing when she went to exercise her franchise.
In Telangana, incumbent TRS seems set to make a comeback. Exit polls have given the party a clear majority. This also shows that ‘praja kutami’ or the grand alliance of the Congress, CPI, TDP and TJS will fail to deliver.
Caretaker Chief Minister KC Rao had advanced the elections in the state though they were initially supposed to be held next year. Experts said the TRS didn’t want them to be clubbed with Lok Sabha elections and the move now seems to have paid for the TRS.