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Voter list fiasco: Ex-Army chief VK Singh seeks supplementary polls

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 10:57pm IST | Agency: PTI

Former Army chief General V K Singh today appealed to the Election Commission to hold "supplementary" elections for those who were unable to exercise their right to franchise.

Addressing a press conference, Singh, the BJP nominee from Ghaziabad, said, "Like in Mumbai, where about two lakh people could not vote because of their names missing from the electoral roll, in Ghaziabad too about 25,000 people could not vote."

"I have been told names of Sindhis and Gujaratis were deleted from the voters' list. I don't know if this is true. I will be meeting the Chief Election Commissioner in a day or two to demand that those who could not vote be allowed to do so in supplementary elections," he added.

When asked about yoga guru Ramdev's "honeymoon" remarks, Singh, who is believed to be close to the toga guru, said since he had been travelling for campaigning he could neither hear nor read the remarks.
Replying to a query, Singh said BJP had raked up the real estate deals of Robert Vadra which appeared in Wall Street Journal only after Congress had indulged in personal attacks on Narendra Modi.
"Vadra's deals had featured in the WSJ, which is a reputed international publication," he said.

Singh described as "unfortunate" the Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan's comments that Kargil war was won by the Muslim soldiers. "Army defends the country's borders and is not divided on caste, region, religion or linguistic basis," he said.

"I joined BJP as it is more nationalistic than any other party. I am not communal...The word communal is unfortunately being politicised," the former Army chief said, adding that "Modi had said he learnt the true meaning of the word secular from the Indian Army."

Singh also justified his comments that AAP is anti-national party. "Its website says POK is part of Pakistan. It talks of plebiscite in Kashmir and also hobnobs with naxals," he said. (More) PTI MR NSK

To a query, Singh said he was never part of AAP but was a supporter of Anna Hazare. "Those who founded AAP left Anna. I brought him back through Jantantra Morcha. AAP has the DNA of Anna. Their cap 'Main hoon aam aadmi (I am common man)' is taken from their earlier slogan 'Main hoon anna (I am Anna)'.

This is the reason why the party got popularity so soon," he added.

"I am in politics to fight corruption. It can be removed only through changes in the system," Singh added.

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