Press release of meeting of BJP delegation with Election Commission on 15th February, 2016 at New Delhi.

 A BJP delegation, under the leadership of Union Minister and senior BJP leader Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, today met Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners here over several important issues related to upcoming Assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal.

The BJP delegation submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission and demanded that fair and fear-free elections be ensured in Kerala and West Bengal.

Besides Shri Naqvi, BJP National General Secretary Shri Arun Singh, National Secretary Shri Shrikant Sharma and Spokespersons Shri Sudhanshu Trivedi and Shri Nalin Kohli were part of the delegation.

The BJP delegation said that discrepancies on a large scale have been found in voters’ list published for 2016 in Kerala. For example, population of Kerala is 3,34,06,061 according to 2011 census, but 2,56,27,620 voters have been shown in the voters list which is impossible because people under 18 years of age had also been included in the census.

Besides this, about 23.63 lakh Non-Resident Keralites have not included in the voters list. BJP leaders demanded that these mistakes be corrected immediately and on-line voters’ registration should continue.

BJP delegation said that some political parties might indulge in violence and chaos to disturb fair and fear-free election process in Kerala.

The delegation said that communal and violent incidents have been taking place in various parts of West Bengal continuously. Hundreds of BJP workers have been killed. Several administrative and police officials have been working like worker of the ruling party. Some districts of West Bengal have become stronghold of anti-national and anarchist elements. The ruling party seems either a mute spectator to these elements or is saving them.

The BJP delegation urged the Election Commission that adequate deployment of Central security forces and special observers is needed in both the states during election process so that people can participate in the voting process fearlessly and fair and fear-free elections are ensured.

The Election Commission assured the BJP leaders of positive action on their demands. The Election Commission assured that scrutiny of voters’ list will be held at booth-level in Kerala. The Commission also assured of fair and fear-free elections in West Bengal. The Election Commission said that it would keep a close eye on the situation so that elections can take place in fair and free atmosphere. The Commission also assured regarding adequate deployment of Central security forces and special observers.