In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi responds to the exclusive investigation conducted by Republic TV on ‘ghost voters’ in the state and the Rohingya refugees provided with voter identities.
He stated that it’s the Election Commission of India who needs to take notice of the Rohingya and insisted that both the issues have been proven false.
He said, “About Rohingya, if Ministry of Home Affairs has written the Election Commission (EC) of India should come into play and take note of it. As far as your investigation is concerned, even the Congress party went and said the same thing but it is proven that is false. After many complaints were made, EC went randomly and checked places and found voter over there.”
Questioned upon a massive list of ‘invisible voters’ registered on certain addresses, he said, “Please give it to EC of India. We also believe the voter-list should be clean, we hope and expect EC to do it. Shashidhar Reddy said this, other political parties have said this but its false. If you’ve done it please show it to EC, let them verify and take action. Electoral is prepared under the supervision of EC of India and a question that is supposed to be answered by them.”
The investigation that was conducted over a period of two months by Republic TV with intensive ground-work revealed that in the Telangana State there are over 1.5 lakh 'ghost voters', with the discrepancy being most prevalent in seven constituencies dominated by Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM party.
In terms of shocking individual findings, the investigation revealed that a house which sheltered three families had over 100 voters registered at the address. A visit to another house revealed that while the dwelling had been locked up for over three years, it had over 200 voters registered on the voter list. The third house of six members had 250 voters registered.
Republic TV had earlier accessed exclusive documents which pinpoint a major lapse by the Telangana Election Commission. A significant number of Rohingya refugees have become a part of the official electoral rolls of Telangana. Despite a warning by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Telangana Election Commission failed to delete most of the names of Rohingyas Muslims.