After making startling allegations about how Congress has included 1.08 lakh people from Sangli as bogus voters in Pune voting lists, BJP has now approached Central Election Commission with a demand of immediate removal of all these voters.
"We have already approached district returning officer (RO) of both Pune and Sangli on this matter. On Monday we wrote to state and central election commissions to look into it and eliminate all these voters belonging to Sangli," Shreepad Dhekne, BJP spokesperson, said.
On Friday, BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis claimed that 1.08 lakh voters, originally from Sangli district, the native place of Congress' Pune candidate Vishwajeet Kadam, have been enrolled as voters in slums across the city.
"Congress has fudged the voter list in Pune Lok Sabha constituency and they are trying to hijack the elections. We have filed a complained to the Pune collector. The administration should re-verify these names and delete them," Fadnavis said.
Fadnavis had said, "The bogus voters have been included in Pune's voters list with 17,500 names per state assembly constituency... 50 names have been added at every polling booth so doubts won't be raised. The areas where the names have been added are all slums, such as Ambedkarnagar, Kalewadi, Kishkindhanagar, Dandekar Bridge etc."
Cong rubbishes claim
Congress city president Abhay Chhajed said, "It is practically impossible to bring names of 1 lakh Sangli voters in Pune lists. This cannot slip by the district administration.
BJP claims that in some cases they found similar names with different photographs, but there are persons with same names. There are five Abhay Chhajeds in Pune. This allegation is totally baseless."
'List is authentic'
District collector Saurav Rao maintained that the voter list is authentic, and there are many voters with identical names in the Pune constituency.