'Bogus names in electoral rolls'

NEW DELHI SEPT. 26 . The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Kiran Chaudhary, today accused the BJP-led Central Government of trying to protect corrupt people by passing arbitrary orders with regard to encroachments by area BJP leaders including former MLA Karan Singh Tanwar on Government land despite the court having passed strictures against the people concerned.

She accused Mr. Tanwar of getting bogus voters registered and deleting the names of genuine voters from the electoral rolls.

Addressing a Press conference, Ms. Chaudhary said despite the High Court having passed an order for demolition of a property owned by Mr. Tanwar and his relatives, built on encroached land, the Union Defence Ministry had stepped in to protect the illegal occupation of Government land. She said in order to protect Mr. Tanwar and his relatives the Defence Ministry has passed an order that no construction which is older than 20 years be demolished without approval of the Ministry. The orders had been issued to the Delhi Cantonment Board and the Army authorities who had initiated the proceedings to reclaim Government land under illegal occupation for the past more than 20 years. "It was all an attempt by the Vajpayee Government to protect the former MLA from facing action and being exposed before the people of the area."

Praising the Chief Election Commissioner, J.M.Lyngdoh, and the Election Commission for doing excellent work to weed out fraudulent voters, the Deputy Speaker said that during the recent special revision of electoral rolls names of large number of bogus voters were deleted. "Despite the fact that none other than Mr. Tanwar, his family and the servant were residing at the 77A CB, Naraina, residence of the former MLA, he had got 88 voters registered against this address. In another house, where two of his brothers are residing, 73 bogus voters were detected and deleted. It was out of sheer frustration that Mr. Tanwar had made an allegation that there were about 12,000 bogus voters in the Delhi Cantonment electoral rolls, which should be deleted. This was nothing but a false allegation and she had written to Mr. Lyngdoh in this regard. In her letter to the CEC, Ms. Chaudhary has prayed that the contention of Mr. Tanwar that there were 12,000 bogus voters should not be taken seriously as this would lead to denial of right to genuine voters to cast their ballot during the forthcoming Assembly polls.

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