TAMIL NADU

Former Minister alleges bogus applications in poll list

He said the verification by his party revealed 1.20 lakh such applications in Vellore district

Staff Reporter

VELLORE: The Principal Secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and former minister, Durai Murugan, has alleged the submission of bulk applications for inclusion of bogus names in the electoral list of the various Assembly constituencies including his Katpadi constituency in Vellore district on May 30, the last date for the exercise.

Also, the form-9 extracts pertaining to these applications have not been furnished by the electoral officials to the party till date, he told reporters at Katpadi on Monday.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that the verification undertaken by his party revealed that a total of 1.20 lakh applications have been given for the inclusion of "bogus" names in Vellore district. The number included 10,768 in Katpadi, 3000 in Vellore, and 1300 in Tirupattur constituencies.

His verification also revealed that one, Munusamy Naidu, s/o Nallappa Naidu of 94/86, Vallimalai Road, Tharapadavedu on whose behalf an application for inclusion in the voters' list has been given, is dead.

Mr. Durai Murugan showed an extract, which contained the names of Selvi (35), Jayachandran (45) and Santhosh Kumar (19) who are shown as belonging to the "non-existent" Ambedkar Street. Most of the addresses given in the extract did not contain the door numbers.

The addresses of many applicants have been given merely as Senguttai, while 171 names bear the address, "Gandhinagar."

The former minister said that he would seek action by the Election Commission against the electoral officials who either refused to hand over the form-9 extracts relating to the bulk applications or delayed the furnishing of the extracts for verification by the party. The partymen would complete their door-to-door verification by June 15 and a consolidated report would be submitted to the party headquarters for being forwarded to the Election Commission for appropriate action.

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