Pune: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has assured the delegation of mega-alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena and other parties of appropriate action in resolving the grievances of deprived voters. The ECI will complete the inquiry in three days on the issue of deletion of names of about one lakh voters from electoral rolls of Pune Lok Sabha seat. The ECI officials said that after receiving the reports from the state and district election office, they will further decide on the action.
It is worth mentioning that more than 500 angry citizens, whose names were not included in the voters' list, had gheroed district collector Saurabh Rao. Lamenting the citizens plight, the BJP candidate Anil Shirole had staged an indefinite fast in support of people's right to vote. However, Shirole later called off his strike after getting an appointment from the ECI.
Accordingly, the mega-alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena, RPI and other parties, on Saturday, met deputy-commissioner Sudheer Tripathi at Chief Election Commissioner's office in New Delhi. The delegation demanded that separate polling arrangement be made for almost one lakh voters in Pune whose names were deleted from the list.
The delegation was led by the BJP national general secretary J P Nadda, national spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman, MP R Ramkrishna and Anil Shirole.
Shirole along with BJP city unit secretary Rajesh Pande, Shiv Sena city unit chief Sham Deshpande, RPI leader Parshuram Wadekar, BJP legal cell expert Advocate Vinayak Abhyankar met Tripathy in the evening and briefed them on the issue and demanded re-polls for the deprived voters.
Speaking to dna, Shirole said, "Tripathi has assured to conduct the inquiry into the issue and take appropriate action against those responsible for this." The EC has even assured to complete the inquiry in three days time, he added.
Shirole and Abhyankar said that Tripathi was receptive to what they had pointed out and he had read all the media reports on the same. "With positive response from the election commission, we are hopeful that the EC will give Pune voters their right to vote," said Shirole optimistically.
While Abhyankar said that it could be an unprecedented decision and citizens, who were deprived of voting, should continue to submit their applications to district collector's office by receiving acknowledgement