Pune, Apr 11 UNI | 3 months ago

Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadanvis today alleged that the conduct of free and fair elections are not possible in Pune and demanded to postpone the election process in city, if possible.

Talking to mediapersons here, he launched a frontal attack on Vishwajeet Kadam, who is contesting from Pune Lok Sabha constituency as Congress nominee, accusing his father and State Minister Patangrao Kadam of 'fraudulently' adding the names of 1,80,000 voters in six Assembly segments of Sangli, into the Pune voters' list.

He further elaborated the sequence by showing a demo of all the 1,80,000 names, which have been enrolled in the Pune voters' list by filling Form no 6, about four to five months back. He said, 'There are 17,500 new voters in each of six Assembly constituencies of Pune, most of who are from the slum areas of the city. "Around 20,000 names are repeated twice in both Sangli and Pune with a view to benefit Mr Kadam.'

"BJP will file a complaint, along with all relevant documents, with the Election Commission and the Central Election Commitee in this regard by Tuesday," Mr Fadanvis said. He demanded the EC to postpone the election process in Pune, if possible.

Giving details, Mr Fadanvis said the names added in the

Pune voters' list are in the age group of 30 to 58 years and alleged that the photograph pasted against the names of these voters has also been changed.

'New voting cards have been issued to these voters for casting the votes. An enquiry of all polling officers, who are involved in this conspiracy, should be done and they should be prosecuted,' he said.

Mr Fadanvis also alleged that 12 polling booths are posted at Bharati Vidyapeeth, the educational institute owned by the Pune LS candidate Vishwajeet Kadam.

The BJP president asked the Pune Collector to take serious cognizance of this incident and said, 'the party has now appointed a vigilance squad for further investigation and we will file a criminal complaint against Congress with the Pune police.'

(Posted on 11-04-2014)