It may seem incredible but Hyderabad has an estimated 15 lakh “bogus voters”. The State Election Commission (SEC) and the State government are now on the job to weed them out ahead of the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, expected any time in December.
The SEC will go ahead full steam to link voter cards with Aadhaar numbers in its bid to come up with a genuine voters’ list. The exercise will first be completed in Hyderabad and then, expanded to other parts of the State. In other words, you don’t get to vote if don’t have Aadhaar.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwar Lal called on Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at the latter’s camp office here Monday following the Central Election Commission’s directive to all States to link Aadhaar cards with voter ID cards.
Extending government support to the Commission, KCR said the process of linking Aadhaar with voter IDs would be completed within 15-20 days in Hyderabad. As per the Commission estimates, voters should be 66 per cent of the total population. However, the voter percentage is much higher in Hyderabad. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to complete Aadhaar linkage before delimitation of wards in Hyderabad.
Of the 119 Assembly segments in the State, 24 are in Hyderabad. “Bogus votes in Hyderabad will influence state politics. This is not good for democracy,” KCR stressed and appealed to all parties to cooperate.
Source: The New Indian Express