EC writes to Delhi Police to probe misleading calls to Voters In Delhi; AAP-BJP trade barbs

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The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday said that it has asked the Delhi Police to investigate the phone calls made to voters in Delhi claiming their names have been deleted from the electoral rolls.

In a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Delhi stated receiving several complaints alleging that certain unknown persons/entities/sources are making misleading phone calls to the citizens of Delhi, telling them that their names have been deleted from the electoral roll. The Letter further said that the caller is trying to get the same restored.

It appears that the matter needs to be thoroughly investigated in order that the factual correctness of the averments made in the complaints are ascertained and necessary action under relevant extant laws is taken,” it said in the February 8 letter to the Delhi Police Top Brass.

The Poll Body has also alerted the citizens to guard against the ‘misleading’ calls.

The Politics over the issue also mounted with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal of making fake calls to people in Delhi and telling them that their names have been deleted from the electoral rolls.

In a tweet, the BJP shared the audio of such a call being made to a voter in Delhi. In the audio, the caller who said that he was from AAP claimed that the BJP had deleted 30 lakh names from the electoral rolls.

Election Commission must take note of this gross violation by AAP and Shri Arvind Kejriwal,” BJP said in the tweet.

The BJP delegation led by Union minister Vijay Goel on Friday requested the Chief Election Commissioner to issue a clarification on “bogus claims” by the AAP that names of 30 lakh voters in Delhi were deleted from electoral rolls.

The statement from the poll panel drew a sharp reaction from Kejriwal, who said the Election Commission “must not be allowed to become an agent of a political party”.

Kejriwal said, “Shameful Modi ji has subverted every institution. We will not allow BJP to succeed in its conspiracies.” he said in response to Vijay Goel’s tweet asking him to resign.

Earlier in January, BJP Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari along with a delegation of BJP leaders including Vijendra Gupta met the Election Commissioner. The Delegation demanded that AAP should be de-recognized for carrying ‘baseless propaganda’ that poll panel had deleted 30 Lakh voters from the voting list at the behest of the BJP.

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