Pune: “Hum apna adhikar mangtey hain, nahi kisise bheek mangtey (We are not begging, but demanding for our rights)”, was the slogan raised by a group of citizens gathered outside the collector office on Sunday to support Prakash Gaikwad, who filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) regarding missing names in the voters list.
RTI activist Vinita Deshmukh was also present amidst the supporters. The group of activists and citizens are demanding a fair probe in the cases where a number of voters could not exercise their franchise. “I urge those people who could not vote this year, to file complaints together, and ask the authorities to show public notification detail and the documents which led to the cancellation of their names. Under section 33 of the People Representation act and section 4 of RTI act, anyone can ask for the documents under which inspection is allowed. And finally they should file an FIR”, Vinita Deshmukh said. She also said that if the number of complaints are high, enough pressure can be put on the Election Commission to publicly announce their fault, and they will have to offer an alternate solution to this problem.
“They have chosen a new way of cheating people by not giving them their right to vote”, said Jyoti Bhonsale who was also a part of this protest.
FB page reaches out to deleted voters
Following complaints by thousands of Mumbaikars whose names also went off the electoral roll, a legal team of M/s Jayakar and Partner with advocate Pankaj Sutar and advocate Chetan Nagare decided to approach High Court with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). To reach out to such voters, they have harnessed social media by launching Facebook page named ‘I am a deleted voter’.
Nagare told dna that through Facebook page, as many as 250 voters have downloaded affidavit and have send it to them for the PIL. Nagare said that almost 5000 voters have contacted them over phone and many via Facebook.
Nagare said that since he hails from Pune, the PIL filed in High Court is also aimed at benefit voters from Pune, who were deleted from the electoral rolls.
Meanwhile, BJP candidate Anil Shirole has reacted to Election Commission’s remarks and has demanded action against those responsible for deletion of names. Shirole reiterated that all the voters who exercised their franchise during the 2012 PMC elections should be allowed to vote for polls