Staff Correspondent

‘It is undemocratic to hold polls when there are bogus voters’

Belgaum: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to file a writ petition challenging the move of the Election Commission (EC) to conduct elections to the State Assembly based on the electoral rolls, which it termed “faulty”.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, the president of the district unit of the BSP, A.G. Mulwadmath, and the general secretary, Shankar Munavalli, said the Election Commission itself had acknowledged the charge of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee that the electoral rolls were “faulty” and had 58 lakh bogus voters. The Election Commission had even announced that it had corrected the electoral rolls by deleting the names of bogus voters.

But the statement of the Election Commission was not acceptable as it had not published details regarding the revised electoral list in the official gazetteer, they said.

Moreover, it had not revealed the number of bogus voters deleted from the list, they added.

They alleged that the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which were in power in the State, were responsible for inclusion of a large number of bogus voters.

Mr. Mulwadmath said that the BSP was not for postponement of elections. It was undemocratic and illegal to conduct elections when there were many bogus voters. The presence of bogus voters would result in unfair franchise and electoral malpractices.

Mr. Munvalli said the people of the State never wanted elections so early.

The BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular) had forced elections on the people of the State, he alleged.

List finalised

The BSP had finalised the list of its contestants and was not shying away from facing the elections, he added.