The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday knocked Election Commission doors seeking an inquiry into “large-scale deletion” of names of eligible voters from electoral rolls in ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections. A party delegation led by senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi filed a memorandum in EC, claiming that a large-scale deletion of names of genuine voters was a clear violation of the constitutional rights to citizens. The saffron party claimed that it has received complaints in regards with deletion of voters’ name from electoral list. “The commission may institute an inquiry into such state-wide and unauthorised deletion of valid voters from the electoral rolls, fix responsibility and institute prosecution of officials responsible,” the party said in the memorandum. The party requested EC to ensure voting for all eligible voters holding a Photo Identity Card in the remaining two phases of the Assembly polls.
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“The BJP has received complaint from almost every assembly constituency that holders of valid EPIC cards were turned away (from polling booths) as their names were deleted without following the due process laid down by laws and rules prescribed by the EC,” the memorandum said. The delegation, which included Sudhanshu Trivedi, Balbir Punj, Sambit Patra and Om Pathak, asked the EC to fix responsibility and prosecute the responsible officials. BJP’s complaint comes at a time when polling is already concluded in for five out of seven phase Assembly Elections. If found true, the allegations may lead to annulment of the elections in the respective constituency.