Former Air Force Chief's Wife Denied Vote Due to Name Deletion

Former Air Force chief Pradeep Vasant Naik's 72-year-old wife Madhubala's name was deleted from the voters' list in Pune. Naik and his son were able to vote, but Madhubala was denied her right to vote despite having the necessary slips.

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Former Air Force Chief's Wife Denied Vote Due to Name Deletion

Former Air Force Chief's Wife Denied Vote Due to Name Deletion

Former Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik expressed surprise and disappointment on Monday after his 72-year-old wife Madhubala's name was found deleted from the voters' list at polling booth 26 on Sampling School Baner Road in Pune. ACM Naik, 75, along with his wife and son Vineet, 43, went to exercise their franchise at the polling booth on Monday morning during the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Why this matters: The deletion of eligible voters from electoral rolls can have a significant impact on the outcome of elections, potentially altering the course of political representation. Moreover, such incidents erode trust in the democratic process and highlight the need for greater scrutiny of voter registration mechanisms.

While ACM Naik and his son were able to vote, Madhubala's name was not found on the voters' list. "While I and my son were able to vote, my 72-year-old wife's name was found deleted from the voters list. When we brought this to the attention of the official there, he said that there was nothing he could do to help," stated ACM Naik. The family had the necessary slips given by the local corporator, but it was of no use as Madhubala's name was not on the list.

ACM Naik noted that several such deletions were noticed in the voters' list and demanded an investigation into why such deletions are happening. The incident has raised concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and the disenfranchisement of eligible voters.

The Lok Sabha elections in Pune are witnessing a contest between BJP candidate and former mayor Murlidhar Mohol and Congress candidate Ravindra Dhangekar. The deletion of names from voters' lists has the potential to impact the outcome of the closely fought election.

The incident involving the former Air Force chief's wife being denied her right to vote due to her name being deleted from the electoral roll has highlighted the need for greater scrutiny of the voter registration process. As ACM Naik asserted, a thorough investigation must be conducted to determine the reasons behind such deletions and steps taken to prevent the disenfranchisement of eligible voters in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Air Force chief's 72-year-old wife's name was deleted from voters' list in Pune.
  • ACM Naik and son could vote, but wife's name was missing despite having necessary slips.
  • Incident raises concerns about electoral process integrity and voter disenfranchisement.
  • Deletion of names could impact outcome of closely fought Lok Sabha election in Pune.
  • ACM Naik demands investigation into voter list deletions to prevent future disenfranchisement.