Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday sought an appointment with Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat to discuss the striking off of names of “lakhs” of voters in the national capital allegedly “at the instance of the BJP”.
AAP in-charge for the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Raghav Chadha had alleged that around one lakh names were removed from voters’ list in the constituency in recent past.
“It has come to our notice that names of lakhs of voters in Delhi have been deleted after last assembly elections. Most names...have been deleted with mala fide intention. Procedure prescribed under law for deletion of names has not been followed,” Kejriwal wrote to CEC.
Most of the deleted names were AAP or Congress voters, Kejriwal claimed, adding it might have been done by some officers “at the instance of BJP” to prevent them from voting.
“It appears to be a huge scam. Its implications on democracy are grave. Elections in Delhi would be a farce if conducted through these voters lists,” he wrote, demanding a transparent probe by the Election Commission.
Kejriwal claimed that in nine cases, names were deleted in July 2018, after a door-to-door survey by booth-level officer (BLO) who could not locate addresses of the voters.
“If the BLO could not locate the houses during the door-to-door survey in July 2018, how could he locate houses so easily after enquiry was ordered?,” the chief minister questioned and demanded adding back of the deleted names.