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Misleading calls: Poll panel cautions Delhiites

NEW DELHI: The chief electoral officer of Delhi on Saturday cautioned other folks in opposition to "misleading calls" claiming deletion of their names from electoral rolls, a day after a BJP delegation met the executive election commissioner and alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have been making such telephone calls.

The observation from the ballot panel drew sharp response from AAP nationwide convener and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who mentioned the Election Commission "must not be allowed to become agent of a political party".

The workplace of the Delhi CEO, within the observation, mentioned it have been brought to its notice that "large number of calls have been received from unknown persons/entities/sources by many citizens of Delhi telling them that their names have already been deleted in the electoral roll and the callers will get the same restored in the electoral roll".

"The citizens of Delhi are hereby advised to beware of such misleading calls coming from unknown persons/entities/sources. The only authority to add or delete a name in the electoral roll is Electoral Registration Officer... Separate legal action as required/deemed appropriate is being taken," the observation mentioned.

The BJP delegation led through Union minister Vijay Goel had on Friday asked the Chief Election Commissioner to issue rationalization on "bogus claims" through the AAP that names of 30 lakh voters in Delhi have been deleted from electoral rolls.

The Election Commission must come out with a press observation to "expose" lies unfold through the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, Goel had mentioned.

After the ballot panel came out with the final voter record in January, the AAP has introduced sustained assaults on the BJP alleging its hand at the back of the "deletion" of names of 30 lakh voters, particularly of Purvanchali, Muslims and Bania communities, for the reason that assembly election in Delhi in 2015.

Reacting sharply to the observation through the ballot panel, Kejriwal wrote on Twitter, "Incumbents come n go. EC is too precious an institution for Indian democracy. EC's integrity n credibility ought to be protected. EC must not be allowed to become agent of a political party (sic)."

In a sequence of tweets, he mentioned, "EC shud answer- 1. 22 lakh names wrongly deleted in Telangana- Didn't EC apologise? 2. Why were Jwala Gutta n her family names missing at polling centre tho they existed on EC website? (sic)."

"EC gave AAP list of 24 lakh names deleted in Del 1. Del govt enqries in some deletions found them wrong? Why EC protecting those officers? 2. Why EC not allowing Del govt to do enquiries in all deletions? EC itself didn't conduct enquiries. AAP won't allow Telangana in Del (sic)," he tweeted.

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha asserted that Kejriwal is fighting with the Election Commission and he will get every voter's name added to the electoral rolls that has been illegally deleted on the behest of the BJP.

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