The three Lok Sabha seats in Bengaluru City have registered the lowest voting percentages among the 14 constituencies that went to polls on April 18 in the ongoing general election. While other seats registered healthy voting percentages of above 75%, Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North, and Bengaluru Central had polled less than 60%.
Though the voters of the city, the home to large number of IT professionals, were mocked for their lack enthusiasm in voting, now it has emerged that eligible voters in large numbers could not exercise their franchise because their names were just not there on the voters’ list when they went for voting.
Prahallad PS, a college teacher has approached the Election Commission with a written complaint stating that over 1,50,000 names, seemingly favourable to a particular political party, have been deleted from the voters’ list in the city. Prahallad has argued that the deletion in such large numbers could affect the results.
Now the State Election Commission has ordered an enquiry, though the Chief Election Officer Sanjiv Kumar has said that prime facie there was summary deletion of voters’ names this year and every deletion was based on an application. Now the District Election Officer has been asked to look into the matter and submit a report within a week.
Will a true picture of missing names of city voters emerge after a week?
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minsiter Kalyan Singh may have failed to outgrow the identity of a BJP worker, even after assuming a Constitutional position as Governor of Rajasthan. But his recent sound bite, reiterating that identity, has earned him the ire of Election Commission (EC).
Speaking to media in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, on March 23, Kalyan Singh courted a controversy when he said, “All of us are BJP workers. So from this stand, we want the BJP to win. All want Modi to become prime minister again, which is necessary for the nation and the society”.
Subsequently, the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh had submitted the transcript of Kalyan Sing’s sound bite to EC, following a request for a factual report by the latter.
After going through the report, it was confirmed that the Governor did claim to be among BJP workers. EC found that the Governor has “lowered the prestige of the high office of governor” and violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
EC has, however, decided to apprise President Ramnath Kovind of the matter for further action. The President of India has the authority of dismissing or appointing a governor to any state or Union Territory.
In 1993, Himachal Pradesh Governor Gulsher Ahmed was found violating MCC as he campaigned for his son Sayeed Ahmed, in his constituency. He resigned from the governor’s post after EC’s ruling.