Odisha dist starts striking off Bangladeshis from voters list
the Election Commission carrying out revision of voters list, the district administration in Odisha’s Kendrapara has started disenfranchising suspected Bangladeshis whose names figured in the list of electorates, officials said on Sunday.
The coastal district has 1,649 Bangladeshi settlers. Mahakalpada tehsil alone houses 1,551 of them.
So far, 137 Bangladeshis have been detected in the voters list in Mahakalpada tehsil. After thorough verification of their nativity antecedents, these foreign nationals have been removed from voters list, said Kendrapara district Collector, Dasarathi Satpathy. The voters list revision process will continue till September 27. any cost in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well as assembly elections in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh later this year.
Hitting out at Azad, Mayawati said there were some people who were unnecessarily trying to establish a “bhai-bahen” or “bua-bhatija” relationship with her for their “political benefits”.
“The person who was released recently by BJP has been trying to cover his shortcomings by trying to unnecessary establish a relationship with me by calling me ‘bua’. I would like to tell such people that I can never have a wholehearted or a respectful relationship with them,” Mayawati said, referring to Azad.
Criticising him for forming the Bhim Army, she said if people were her genuine sympathisers, and of the Dalit cause, there was no need for them to form separate organisations. They should have joined BSP, she added.
Azad asserted that despite Mayawati’s remarks, his respect for her would not dimin- ish. The growing feeling in the Bhim Army is that Mayawati was playing hardball with Congress and SP and may have opened a line with BJP after the release of Azad. The timing of Azad’s release is being seen by political commentators in UP as a well-orchestrated strategy by BJP to test the strength of alliances in UP at a time when the result of Phulpur, Gorakhpur, Noorpur and Kairana bypolls have given a boost to SP, BSP and RLD.
Azad’s release gives Congress a better negotiating power on a table with BSP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as he is being seen as akin to Gujarat’s three young leaders Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor, who had a considerable impact on the state polls.
“We will support all parties looking to drive BJP out of UP and help us fight against atrocities against Dalits, get them their due jobs in law, police and bureaucracy. If any party supports this, we will stand by them,” said Azad.