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EC orders probe after Congress claims 60 lakh 'fake’ voters in MP

Posted June 4th, 2018, 10:14 AM IST

EC orders probe after Congress claims 60 lakh 'fake’ voters in MP

New Delhi: Soon after a Congress delegation approached the Election Commission alleging large-scale discrepancies in the voters’ list of Madhya Pradesh, the poll panel on Sunday ordered a probe in the matter.

The EC constituted two teams to investigate the allegations. The teams have to submit a report by June 7.

The teams will visit the Narela, Bhojpur, Seoni-Malwa and Hoshangabad assembly seats to ascertain how the discrepancies took place. After reaching the state on Monday, the teams would also fix responsibility for multiple and fake entries, the poll panel said.

Earlier on Sunday, Congress claimed that the BJP was involved in mass duplication of voter entries in the electoral rolls of Madhya Pradesh for Assembly election, 2019.

The party alleged that there are at least 60 lakh bogus voters in the state, which will go to polls in November. It also submitted evidence to the EC to substantiate its claims.

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“We have provided evidence to the Election Commission. There are approximately 60 lakh fake voters registered in the state. These are not merely mistakes. The lists have been deliberately altered at the behest of BJP government in the state,” Congress leader Kamal Nath said.

Blaming the BJP-led government in the state for the alleged irregularities in the state voter rolls, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said, "How is it possible that population increased by 24 per cent in 10 years but number of voters increased by 40 per cent? We scrutinised list in all constituencies, 1 voter is registered in 26 lists, there are similar cases in other places too."

(With PTI inputs)