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Congress Would Have Won 2013 MP Election Had There Been No False Voters: Kamal Nath

Nath said that the Congress found that around 12 per cent of the voters were false, while the difference between the two parties was around 6-7 per cent in the 2013 election.

Manoj Sharma | News18

Updated:June 5, 2018, 7:17 AM IST
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Congress Would Have Won 2013 MP Election Had There Been No False Voters: Kamal Nath
File photo of Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath. (PTI Photo)
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Bhopal: A day after the Congress accused the BJP of including the names of 60 lakh "fake voters" in the electoral roll in Madhya Pradesh, the party’s state chief Kamal Nath said that the Congress could have won the last Assembly election in the state had there been no fraudulent votes.

“We believe that 12 per cent of the voters are false. Last time the difference between BJP & Congress was 6-7 per cent. Had there been no false voters, the results would have been different,” Nath told News18 on Monday.

Nath had led a delegation of Congress leaders on Sunday to the Election Commission to demand a probe into the ‘fake voter lists’ and urged the poll body to remove these names from the lists of 230 Assembly constituencies.

He said that some of these 60 lakh 'voters' have the same name and photograph and are enrolled in different booths while some even have same names and same booths. The Congress had even released a list of these names.

The veteran leader said that the party had cross-checked the fake voter lists in 101 constituencies. “The entire exercise was based on technology. Around 60 lakh voters are bogus. This cannot be a mistake. This is deliberate,” he said.

“Definitely the BJP is behind it,” he claimed.

Nath claimed that the BJP would have also demanded a correction in the voter list if the party’s intention was not mala fide. “They (BJP) have misused the state machinery all these years to manipulate the voter list. The very foundation of democracy is a correct voters’ list,” said the 71-year-old politician.

Nath said they have exposed the BJP on all fronts. “All sections of society are against the BJP government, whether it is farmers, unemployed youth, traders or women. They are all in distress,” he added.

On a possible alliance with the BSP and SP in the upcoming election, Nath said that politics of today is very fragmented. In 2014, BJP won the election by getting only 31 per cent of the votes in the country. Nearly 69 per cent voters were against the BJP.

“So we are having discussing with other parties so that this fragmentation of votes does not take place,” he said. Last week, Nath said that the party was open to forging an alliance with “like-minded” parties for the upcoming assembly election in the state at the end of this year.

Asked for his take on former President Pranab Mukherjee visiting the RSS headquarters, the Chhindwara MP said he can think of both plusses and minuses.

“The plus is that he would be able to bluntly tell the RSS what they are all about. He would be able to communicate to them that what they stand for is not what this nation stands for,” he said, adding that some people though strongly feel that such he should not have accepted the invitation at all.
| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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