Telangana Elections: Jwala Gutta’s name missing from voters’ list

Jwala Gutta

New Delhi, Dec 7: Questioning the fairness of Telangana Assembly Elections that are being held on Friday, badminton player Jwala Gutta claimed that her name has gone missing from the voters’ list.

“Surprised to see my name disappear from the voting list after checking online,” Gutta tweeted in the morning.

“How’s the election fair when names are mysteriously disappearing from the list?” she asked in the second tweet.

The Arjuna awardee said that she found her name missing when she went to cast her vote in the morning.

Meanwhile, the polling was underway in all the 119 constituencies — 32,815 polling stations spread across 31 districts — in the first full-fledged elections in India’s youngest state on Friday.

For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were installed across the state. The authorities have arranged 42,751 VVPATs, which are attached to the EVMs and will display for seven seconds the choice made by the voter.

The elections were expected to be a close contest between ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is contesting all seats on its own, and the opposition Congress-led People’s Front that includes Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is contesting all seats on its own, is the third key force in some constituencies.

The Bahujan Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are also contesting majority of the seats.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting eight seats in Hyderabad.

The TRS had opted for dissolution of Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.

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