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Togadia's name missing from voters' list; blames EC
December 12, 2002 16:34 IST
Angry at finding his name missing from the voters' list, senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Praveen Togadia, on Thursday charged Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh with hatching a "conspiracy against Hindu society by deliberately omitting names of a large number of Hindus."
Togadia, who had launched an acrimonious Hindutva campaign in the run-up to the assembly election in Gujarat, has sought an "explanation" from Lyngdoh for the discrepancy.
Claiming that his name was missing despite voting in last three elections, Togadia said: "This is definitely a conspiracy against Hindu society by Lyngdoh, who has taken all care to include even displaced Muslims in the list."
Togadia, a voter from Sarkhej constituency, claimed that the names of residents of an entire housing society in his area were missing from the voters' list.
The Election Commission, meanwhile, late on Thursday afternoon asked all district collectors to look into complaints of missing names from voters' list.
"I have come to know that several people have complained about their names being missing from the voters' list. I have instructed all concerned district authorities to investigate the matter," Chief Electoral Officer Gurucharan Singh said.
Singh, however, could not say how many such complaints his department had received till late afternoon.