Krishna Byre Gowda demands repoll

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Congress candidate for Bangalore South Lok Sabha seat Krishna Byre Gowda has demanded repoll in select polling booths, alleging that a large number of voters from economically weaker sections have been deliberately and illegally deleted from the electoral rolls.

In his complaint to Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar on Thursday, Mr. Byre Gowda said the Election Commission provided electoral list on April 1 and a revised list subsequently on April 10.

“Many names in the revised list have been marked ‘deleted’ in the list provided to the returning officers. How can such large-scale deletions take place? It’s a deliberate attempt to deny the fundamental right of the electorate,” he said.

Mr. Byre Gowda said he was appalled that names of only a section of people have been deleted from the rolls. For example, he showed the EPIC of Ayesha Banu (WEC3848405) issued on April 8, Salman Khan (WEC 3832540) on April 1 and M.D. Musheer (WEC 3848397) on April 8. “These names have been deleted in the revised roll,” he said.

Mr. Byre Gowda said such deletions had occurred in the electoral rolls in the three Bangalore city Lok Sabha constituencies. “What bemuses me is that such deletions have occurred only in areas where there are economically weaker sections. You do not find such large-scale deletions in urban electorate,” he said.

Asked who could be held responsible for this, Roshan Baig, Shivajinagar MLA, said: “It is obvious that the exclusion has been done by officials in the Revenue Department.” “The saffronisation of the official machinery has led to the wholesale deletion of Muslim voters from the list,” he remarked.

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