Congress demands action against irregularities in MP electoral lists

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday demanded strict action against the returning officers who were involved in the alleged irregularities in electoral lists in Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing the media, Congress leader Kamal Nath said that every party should demand a voters list and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committing a fraud by not asking for it.

“The population of Madhya Pradesh increased by 24 percent and voters increased by 40 percent which is extremely strange…In the list that has been published had included the name of voters from Uttar Pradesh in the list belonging to Madhya Pradesh,” he said.

“A single photo of a voter has been repeated in multiple lists with the same name including their father’s name,” he added.

The Election Commission of India (EC) on Sunday ordered a probe into alleged irregularities in electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh.

This comes after the Congress Party earlier in the day highlighted the presence of 60 lakh fake voters in the state’s voting list.

In this regard, the EC has ordered the constitution of a team for Bhopal and Narmadapuram (Hoshangabad) each, who will look into the alleged errors in the Madhya Pradesh electoral rolls.

In February, the Congress party had complained to the EC about discrepancies in Madhya Pradesh’s voters’ list and asked it to take necessary steps for ensuring free and fair elections.

In April, the state’s chief electoral officer Salina Singh said six lakh names were removed from Madhya Pradesh’s voter list.

On a related note, Madhya Pradesh is slated to go to polls later this year. (ANI)