Residents shocked as Okhla-based MP Hashmi's name goes missing from voters' list
OT, April 16, 2012 10:50 IST
Okhla Times Team
Elections to the three new municipalities of Delhi witnessed a huge turnout of 55 per cent to 60 per cent. In Okhla too first time voters and women showed a lot of interest in casting their votes. Elderly too were seen at booths. Some 1 lakh 18 thousand voters flocked many local booths to elect candidate of their choice.
Security was beefed up in Jamia Nagar that was declared a sensitive booth. The voting that began on Sunday morning ended in the evening peacefully in most of the wards of Delhi. But in some areas there were confusion as many residents didn’t find their names in the voters’ list.
The biggest shock was reserved for Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Pervez Hashmi. A former Congress MLA from Okhla locality he was deeply upset after not finding his name on the voters’ list. Like other local leaders and residents, he too had turned up at the polling booth with his family. It was here that a presiding officer told him that his name was not there on the voters’ list.
Disappointed, he left the booth. He was furious for being treated like this. Immediately, he attacked Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit for his missing name from the voters list. He told reporters that it was chief minister’s mistake. “I will take up the matter with the Congress High Command,” he said.
When reminded that CM doesn’t keep an eye on such small things and it is election commission’s job, he said person responsible for such negligence should be punished.
Hashmi was not the only case. Many residents were dejected and angry as they could not find their names on the voters list. They too have a grouse against the election commission and officials who messed up with the things.
Abul Fazal Enclave resident and political activist Md Salim said it is internal matter of the Congress party. “Hashmi is not a small name in the locality. I am unable to understand how come name of such an important person like Hashmi could go missing from voters’ list. He was MLA of the locality for four times and also a minister in the Delhi government. Something is fishy.”
Md Asghar Nawaz, who is backing candidate Laiba Azmi in the councilor election, said: “Many residents faced such a problem. Because of this negligence some 50 of our supporters could not cast their votes. We found that many names were placed on other list.”
CAPTION: Voters and police at an election booth in Batla house.
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