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Include everyone turning 18 on the electoral roll, exclude anyone with religious identity: Mamata asks officers

Last updated: November 10, 2022, 16:05 IST

According to a draft electoral roll published Wednesday, West Bengal has 7,42,88,233 voters, 12,577 less than the number a year ago.  (File photo/PTI)

According to a draft electoral roll published Wednesday, West Bengal has 7,42,88,233 voters, 12,577 less than the number a year ago. (File photo/PTI)

The CM has also instructed the DMs and the SPs to monitor the preparation of the electoral rolls to check whether there is any wrongdoing or not

The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday asked officials involved in upgrading voter lists to include those who have reached the age of 18 and not exclude anyone with a religious identity.

At an administrative meeting here, Banerjee claimed a “conspiracy is being hatched and about 30 percent of voters living in some border areas have been excluded from the new list.”

“I request officers to take everyone’s name according to the Election Commission rule. They should be those who have turned 18 and should not exclude anyone on religious identity,” Banerjee said at the meeting.

The CM has also instructed the DMs and SPs to monitor the preparation of the electoral rolls in order to check whether there has been any wrongdoing.

“The DMs, SPs have to make surprise visits to camps where voter lists are drawn up. MLAs, Zilla Parishad members should also keep an eye on it,” she said.

According to a draft electoral roll published Wednesday, West Bengal has 7,42,88,233 voters, 12,577 less than the number a year ago.

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