Pune city witnessed around 58 per cent voting during Thursday’s Lok Sabha polls. However, more than one lakh educated voters were not allowed to vote as their names were missing from the voters list. Considerable amount of these voters were from city areas, and belong to Brahmin families.
Thousands of people gathered outside the collector’s office in Pune on Thursday to protest against the EC for removing their names from voters’ list. Anil Shirole, BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate for Pune, has asked the district collector Saurabh Rao to make arrangements and allow these one lakh voters to vote. BJP’s candidate has declared that he will sit on indefinite fast from Friday (18th April) at the Council Hall near collector’s office in Pune, if the Government does not allow these voters to vote.
District collector Saurabh Rao
Names from Pune replaced with those from Sangli?
During second week of April, BJP leaders had pointed out that names of around one lakh voters from Sangli were added in the list of voters for Pune. Most of these names from Sangli are said to be distributed evenly within various slum areas in Pune Lok Sabha constituency.
BJP leaders have pointed out that this might be a well planned conspiracy to allow voters from Sangli to vote in Pune, as Congress party’s Lok Sabha candidate Vishwajeet Kadam also hails from Sangli. Kadam was recently in the lime light as his men were caught distributing money in Pune’s Rasta Peth area which is home to several slums.
District collector refused to take any action
The district collector dismissed BJP’s allegations against congress candidate. Rao refused to take action against the concerned people who entered these names in the list. He also attracted trouble by declaring that even his name is present in voters list for Pune and Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency.
BJP’s legal advisor Vinayak Abhyankar has filed a criminal case against Returning Officer (RO) of Pune Lok Sabha Constituency and the Pune District Collector as the collector did not remove his name from Nagpur constituency before adding it in Pune. Political analysts are closely monitoring the situation in Pune, as this is the first case where names of around one lakh voters from the city were deleted by EC. Bhartiya Janta Party has assured all the voters that they will approach higher authorities and courts in-case of they do not get satisfactory resolution from District Collector within next few days.
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