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Congress alleges deliberate manipulation in Telangana voters list

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Accusing the of trying to vitiate the upcoming Assembly polls by "manipulating voters lists", the on Sunday demanded the Election Commissions (EC) intervention for verification and sanitisation of electoral rolls.

Alleging that as many as 70 lakh names in the electoral lists have been manipulated, MP wondered if the "contamination of the voter lists" was the reason behind the prematurely dissolving the in order to swing elections in their favour.

"Rao rushed to announce the dates for the elections and deliberately chose to ignore the numerous discrepancies in the voter lists which disenfranchise lakhs of eligible voters and completely erode the integrity of the elections, whenever they are conducted," Singhvi told the media here.

"It is clear that the of Telangana is sacrificing the integrity of the elections for the sake of his petty political ambitions."

Singhvi said that an inquiry by the party has revealed that at least 30.13 lakh duplicate voters exist on the electoral rolls published by the on September 10.

He also said that close to 20 lakh voters in Telangana have been deleted from the rolls between 2014 and 2018.

"When we raised the issue with the EC, we were told that the reduction (of 20 lakh voters) was largely due to voter migration from Telangana to following the bifurcation.

"However, it has since been found that even in Andhra Pradesh, there has been a reduction of close to 17 lakh voters. If in fact, a migration of such a large number had taken place, shouldn't there have been a corresponding increase in the number of voters in " asked Singhvi.

Pointing out further discrepancies in the electoral rolls, the claimed that close to 18 lakh names featured in both and Telangana electoral rolls.

He asserted that the elections held on the basis of the "deeply and deliberately flawed and inaccurate" voter lists would undermine the entire process and lead to a distorted mandate.

"By dissolving the Assembly early, Rao has interfered with the process whereby these discrepancies and inaccuracies would have been corrected. After publishing the revised electoral roll on September 10, the public and other political parties have been given a mere four weeks to identify and highlight these issues. This is a travesty," said Singhvi, urging the EC to intervene in the strongest possible manner.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 15:40 IST