Members of various opposition parties in a joint press conference held on Sunday, alleged that names of people belonging to downtrodden sections of society, like Dalits and other minorities, were missing from electoral rolls in Uttarakhand.
The leaders claimed that the data emerged after an internal voter survey was conducted ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Former state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay, along with leaders of other parties like CPI, CPI(M) and Samajwadi Party, demanded that Election Commission must conduct extensive survey and include all missing names in the voting list, or else “democracy would be in danger.”
“We conducted a poll survey in January last week in which voters were surveyed in Dharampur, Raipur and Mussoorie assembly constituencies. Out of 298 voters who had voter IDs, it was found that around 12.5% were not present in the voter list. Of these, 90% were Dalits or minorities. If the same proportion applies across the state, among Dalits alone, more than 1,36,000 people will not be able to vote in the upcoming elections,” said Shankar Gopalakrishnan, joint convenor, Chetna Andolan, the organisation that had conducted the survey.…
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