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Almost 17 lakhs of Dalit and 10 lakhs of Muslim voters are not included in the voters’ list prepared by Election Commission in Maharashtra, a survey conducted by the Missing Voter App reveals. Janata Dal (Secular) party leader Justice (Retd) BG Kolse Patil said in a press conference held on last Friday that nearly 40 lakh voters in Maharashtra are missing from the voters list prepared for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Kolse-Patil alleges that this ‘missing’ is part of the “conspiracy hatched by the BJP” for political gains.

According to the survey, a total of 39, 27,882 or 4.6 per cent of the total number of voters are not there in the list, The Week reports. Mr Khalid Saifullah, the founder of the Missing Voter App, says that approximately 12.7 crore voters in the country are missing from the list. And this includes a total of three crore Muslims, who will not be able to cast their votes this time.

“Considering the gravity of the issue, the state, the Election Commission must undertake a drive to take corrective steps, otherwise a large number of voters will be deprived of their right,” he said.

Earlier this March, similar issue was reported from Uttarakhand. A survey conducted by Chetna Andolan spanned across Dharampur, Raipur and Mussoorie revealed that 12-13 per cent of the total electorate could have been disenfranchised. Ironically, here also a major per cent of the missing voters comprises of the Dalit and Muslim citizen.

In a press conference held on March 3rd, Kishore Upadhyay, former state Congress chief in Uttarakhand said that “Similar surveys in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and elsewhere have found equally large numbers of people missing from voter lists. In Uttarakhand, the recent local body elections saw over 2 lakh names missing from voter lists. If poor people are removed from the voter list in such large numbers democracy itself will be in danger.”

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