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BJP wants fresh polls in Pune over 1 lakh missing names

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 9:05am IST | Agency: dna

A BJP delegation called on the election authorities on Saturday to demand fresh elections in Pune, alleging that around 1,00,000 voters' names have been deleted from Pune and as many new voters from other areas have been added to that constituency.

Complaints of missing name also came to the commission from actor-producer-director Amol Palekar, who lodged complaint with Pune police Saturday. His complaint was forwarded to the state poll panel for further action, an official said.

There were also reports of voters' names missing from Aurangabad, Ratnagiri and Thane, but poll panel officials denied it. Of the state's 11.76 crore population, the total current voter strength is around 8.06 crore, the rest being minors.

Earlier there were reports of names of nearly 60 lakh voters have been deleted or diverted across Maharashtra. The deletion was done mainly because the voters were currently not residing in the area in which they were originally registered.

State chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre, however, maintained that these are not missing names. He said, "The deletions were done six months ago as per the legal process."

Gadre said the revised lists were given to all political parties with suitable publicity at local levels by district collectors and the new lists have been available on the state election commission website for the past six months.

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