Bogus voter claims exaggerated, says Basu

Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Allegations over the existence of a large number of "bogus" voters in the electoral rolls in West Bengal are highly exaggerated, Jyoti Basu, senior Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said here on Friday.

19 observers

An Election Commission team of 19 observers is overseeing the revision of rolls for the Assembly elections. The team includes K.J. Rao, who oversaw the arrangements for the recent Bihar polls.

"I do not understand what 'bogus voters' means. There may exist names of voters in the rolls who have died or shifted to other places. These names need to be deleted; that is part of the scrutinising process," the former West Bengal Chief Minister said. But the problem was not as big as was made out by some.

Nadia, which borders Bangladesh, isamong the districts from where a large number of such complaints have been received. Mr. Rao has taken it on himself to check out the rolls there.

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