Ahead of crucial assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, a resurgent Congress party on Sunday made stunning allegations of fraud in voters’ list by highlighting a list of 60 lakh ‘fake voters.’ The party accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh of electoral fraud and requested the Election Commission to remove all such entries from the electoral rolls of the 230 assembly constituencies in the state.
Soon after a Congress delegation approached it on the issue, the poll panel formed two teams to probe the allegations, reported PTI. The teams, according to the news agency, have been asked to submit a report by 7 June.
A delegation of the party, led by Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, met EC officials on Sunday and alleged that the BJP government in the state had included the names of 60 lakh fake voters in the electoral roll.
“We have given proof to the EC that the voters’ list of Madhya Pradesh is fraudulent. Sixty lakh fake voters have been enlisted in it. We have conducted our own enquiry in 100 constituencies.
“We have given proof to the EC as regards how one voter has been enlisted in different constituencies with the same name, address and father’s name. This cannot be any mistake, it has been done deliberately by the present Madhya Pradesh government,” Nath told reporters after meeting the EC officials in New Delhi.
Citing figures, Nath questioned, “How is it possible that population had increased by 24 per cent but number of voters had increased by 40 per cent.”
Nath said that a voter was existing multiple times in the voters list with different names.
“Why has BJP not complained against these irregularities in the voter rolls? Why has BJP not demanded any inquiry?” Nath was quoted by IANS.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the officers, who produced the second corrected list, should also give an affidavit or a certificate, along with the correct list.
“It is an attempt to destroy democracy,” Scindia was quoted by IANS. He added that ‘there are 5 crore voters in Madhya Pradesh of whom 12 per cent are fake.’ He said the difference in vote share between the two parties was just 9 per cent during the last legislative assembly election.
The memorandum submitted to the EC said, “It is pertinent to reiterate that Election Commission is the watchdog of free and fair elections and is duty-bound to circumvent the pressure from the ruling party and ascertain that the Electoral Rolls provided durinhe ensuing elections are not fake, bogus, inconsistent and free from duplications in order to uphold the democratic sanctity and fundamental rights of the voter.”