EC to sift electoral rolls in M.P.

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, right, with senior leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, left, and Digvijay Singh leave the Election Commission building in New Delhi on Sunday.PTIPTI  

The Election Commission has ordered a probe into the alleged irregularities in the electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh after a Congress delegation, led by Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, said there were at least 60 lakh bogus voters.

Madhya Pradesh, which goes to the polls in November, has five crore voters. The difference in the vote share between the Congress and the ruling BJP was 8.5% in the last Assembly elections.

Party sees BJP hand

At a press conference later, Mr. Nath and Mr. Scindia said many voters appeared multiple times on the rolls. For example, a woman in Bhojpur was listed 26 times in different polling booths in the constituency, they said.

“We have provided evidence to the Election Commission to show that there are approximately 60 lakh fake voters. This is not a mistake. The rolls have been altered at the behest of the BJP government,” Mr. Nath said.

The Congress conducted an investigation in at least 101 constituencies and found 24.65 lakh duplicate voters. There was a mismatch in the growth of population and the increase in the number of voters.

Seeks action

“How is it possible that the population increased by 24% in 10 years, but the number of voters increased by 40%,” Mr. Scindia asked.

The Congress delegation demanded strict action against officials found guilty of tampering with the rolls.

The Election Commission formed two teams to probe the charges. They will submit a report by June 7. “If a deliberate mistake is detected, appropriate action will be taken,” the Election Commission has said in its order.