The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday alleged that names of Rohingya Muslims have been illegally included in the list of voters for 15 Assembly seats in Telangana’s capital Hyderabad, PTI reported. The saffron party claimed that the caretaker Telangana Rashtra Samithi government, Congress and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen have conspired to include the names of illegal voters.
A delegation of the BJP comprising Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, party general secretary Arun Singh and its national media chief Anil Baluni submitted a memorandum with the allegations to the Election Commission.
Naqvi said the BJP has asked for an investigation into the matter. “The registration of Rohingya Muslims as voters is a clear violation of laws of the land,” Naqvi told reporters adding that it was part of a conspiracy against “the people of a particular religion”.
The party’s memorandum demands that the electoral rolls be rectified before the Assembly elections on December 7. Alleging an inordinate rise in the number of voters in Hyderabad, the party claimed that in one instance 700 voters have purportedly been registered with the same home address.
In September, the Congress had claimed there were more than 70 lakh discrepancies in voter lists in Telangana, and sought the Election Commission’s intervention “in the strongest possible manner”.