Kakinada, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

The reported missing of as many as 3,000 voters names from the electoral rolls in Yetimoga, a predominant fishermen locality in Jagannadhapuram, has sparked off loud protests from the affected people who went in procession to the RDO's office and staged dharna for over two hours in the morning demanding opportunity to cast their votes.

They also displayed the voters photo identity cards issued during last elections and alleged that the officials had wantonly deleted their names at the behest of the YRCP leader, the former MLA who is one of the contestants for the city assembly constituency.

Tension prevailed in the area for quite some time as the protesters squatted on the road and refused to budge despite the persuasion by the police.

However, they called of their stir after the revenue officials assured to order for an inquiry into the matter.

A little later, a similar sit-in protest was staged by the Congress candidate Pantham Nanaji in front of the polling station in Sambamurty nagar alleging that as many as 500 voters names were deleted from the list.

He demanded an inquiry by the Election Commission into the bungling in electoral rolls. Except for stray incidents of verbal exchanges between the YRCP and TDP supporters in Muthanagar, Jagannadhapuram and Dummulapet, the polling has been peaceful in both the Kakinada urban and rural constituencies.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)