Odisha dist starts strik­ing off Bangladeshis from vot­ers list

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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.

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