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Stripping Citizenship in India: Four Million Muslims and Dalits Missing from Voter List

29 Mar 2019
Stripping Citizenship in India: Four Million Muslims and Dalits Missing from Voter List

Source: Muslim Mirror, New Delhi

Mumbai: The Janata Dal (Secular), a political party on March 22 said that names of nearly 40 lakh (4 million) voters in Maharashtra have gone missing from the voters’ list as part of a “conspiracy hatched by the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party” for political gains.
Party’s national general secretary Justice (retd) BG Kolse Patil, while citing the findings of a survey conducted by a Hyderabad-based firm, said that names of 39,27,882 or 4.6 percent of the total number of voters- were missing from the voters’ list.

 

 

“Out of the 39,27,882 names, 17 lakh (1.7 million) voters are Dalits (Hindu Brahmins consider Dalit the lowest or inferior cast of Hindu. However Dalits say they are not Hindus), while 10 lakh (one million) are Muslims. This is a conspiracy hatched by the BJP for political gains,” Kolse-Patil, the former judge of Bombay High Court, said in a news conference.
According to the survey, a total of 39, 27,882 or 4.6 percent of the total number of voters are not there in the list. Mr. Khalid Saifullah, the founder of the Missing Voter App, says that approximately 12.7 crores (127 million) voters in the country are missing from the list. And this includes a total of three crores (30 million) 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 percent of the total electorate could have been disenfranchised. Ironically, here also a significant percentage of the missing voters comprises of the Dalit and Muslim citizens.

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