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Voter lists: Scindia plea for a thorough probe

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Questioning the investigation done into bogus voter lists, Congress party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday requested the Election Commission (EC) to conduct a thorough probe into the alleged irregularities reported in the electoral rolls of Madhya Pradesh.

While talking to media persons here on Monday, Scindia said, “I’m surprised that the ECI sent a team to Bhopal, which solved the matter within two to three days on the basis of sample selection. It’s EC’s duty to ensure free and fair elections. I request them not to take this lightly and probe thoroughly.”

Notably, on Friday, the ECI had rejected reports of any irregularities in the electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh.

Responding to the allegation levelled by the Congress Party, the EC in a statement said that nothing unusual could be noticed in the electoral rolls of the state. It was pointed out that there has been unexplained growth in the electors in Madhya Pradesh as the Elector Population (EP) ratio which used to be 52.76 per cent in 2008 increased to 61.45 per cent in 2018. Following this, the EC also ordered an investigation into the alleged irregularities in electoral rolls of the state. In February this year, the Congress had complained to the EC about discrepancies in Madhya Pradesh’s voters’ list and asked it to take necessary steps for ensuring free and fair elections. Madhya Pradesh Congress Chief Kamal Nath had also alleged that 60 lakh fake voters were deliberately registered in the state’s voter list. On a related note, Madhya Pradesh is scheduled to go for polls later this year.

Meanwhile, expressing dissatisfaction with the report of the ECI over irregularities in the voters' list, Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath said that the party would approach the Commission again with evidence.

"The party had lodged the complaint on the basis of electoral list of January 1, 2018. Officials admitted that anomaly took place and they are rectifying it. Now, they are claiming that everything is all right," Nath told media here.

Pointing out that the Congress has promised to waive loans of farmers, he said that the party would welcome if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government announces a waiver now, as the Congress has only the welfare of farmers in mind. Nath said that the draft of party's manifesto is ready and would be released shortly.

Slamming BJP Vice-President Prabhat Jha, he said that he should first win an election before raising questions over his victory.




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