EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh ‘fake voters’ in Madhya Pradesh

Hundreds of discrepancies in the voters’ list of Madhya Pradesh will have to be weeded out ahead of the assembly elections in the state that will be held later this year. Strict orders to investigate the issue and put it right were issued by the state Election Commission after the state’s opposition Congress submitted a complaint with a list of 60 lakh fake voters.

The Congress claims it has done the survey and has found around 60 lakh fake voter ID cards in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In a sudden move, the Congress has raised the issue with the Election Commission.

The Commission has formed four teams and tasked them with an extensive investigation that will take into account the errors made and corrective actions taken through door-to-door verification. The teams have also been asked to fix responsibility in case of deliberate mistakes, suggest corrective action and keep the Deputy Election Commissioner in the loop.

A high profile delegation comprising of Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, approached the poll panel this morning.

Senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia accused the ruling BJP of engineering the issue. “How is it possible that population increased by 24 per cent in 10 years but the number of voters increased by 40 percent? We scrutinized the list in all constituencies, one voter is registered in 26 lists, there are similar cases in other places too,” he said.

The allegations were immediately rubbished by the BJP. “Both the state president of Madhya Pradesh BJP Rakesh Singh and PWD minister from the state Rampal Singh have called it Congress’s ‘act of disappointment’,” said BJP.
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