New Delhi: Congress on Friday alleged that there
were severe irregularities in the electoral rolls in Gujarat
and the sheer numbers of "bogus voters" could affect the
results of elections in the Narendra Modi-ruled state.
The party alleged that Chief Minister Modi and the state
BJP are responsible for the "large-scale irregularities".
"In every assembly segment, 8,000 to 15,000 voters are
fake. The irregularity is so extensive that this could decide
victory and defeat in the elections," party spokesman Manish
Tewari told reporters here.
He said the officials of the state government prepare the
electoral rolls and this is done under the supervision of the
political leadership. "Gujarat Chief Minister and the state
BJP are responsible for this."
Earlier, a Congress delegation, comprising AICC General
Secretary B K Hariprasad, Gujarat Leader of Opposition
Shaktisinh Gohil, AICC Secretary P Sudhakar Reddy, state unit
chief Siddharth Patel and Tewari met Chief Election
Commissioner Navin Chawla and lodged a complaint on the issue.
PCC President Siddharth Patel claimed that one EPIC card
has been used multiple times, the number of one EPIC card of
one constituency has been used in some other constituency and
several names have been listed on the same address.
"We gave all details to the CEC with proof," Patel said,
adding, "30 lakh voters have been illegally registered in the
state". He said, "in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, vote difference
between BJP and the Congress was 5.49 lakh in all the 26 Lok
Sabha constituencies", indicating that the alleged
irregularities could have affected the outcome.
Patel claimed that in the 2007 assembly elections, the
margin of victory was less than 7,000 in 61 assembly segments
while the "irregularities" were to the tune of 8,000 to
15,000 voters in each of the constituency.
"The question is whether the results of the assembly
elections in 2007 and Lok Sabha elections of 2009 were free
and fair," the PCC President said.
He also questioned the proposal to use e-voting and
voting by mobile phones in the local polls in Gujarat saying
that the "irregularities" in the electoral rolls will be "made
full use of" with such a practice.