Former Indian Captain and Cricket icon Rahul Dravid, who was named as the Karnataka election body’s ambassador for voting in the Lok Sabha election 2019, will not be able to cast own vote this week. His name has been deleted from the voters’ list. A senior polling officer told that the cricketer did not submit the application for transfer of constituency before the deadline.
The former Indian captain was previously a registered voter in Bangalore Central parliamentary constituency when he lived in his paternal home in Indira Nagar. After moving out of the neighborhood to Malleswaram, his name was not added to the voters’ list in the constituency of Bangalore North under which Malleswaram falls.
Why Rahul Dravid Can’t vote in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections?
Actually, Rahul Dravid’s brother Vijay had submitted a form for the removal of Dravid and his wife Vijeta’s name from the Voter List on October 31, 2018. He had said that Dravid and his wife Vijeta have now shifted from Indiranagar to Ashwatnagar of RMV Extension. After this Dravid and his wife’s name were removed from the voter’s list.
Basavarraju Maggi, Assistant Returning Officer of the Domalur subdivision, has confirmed that Dravid’s brother Vijay had submitted the deletion form. He said, “After the name was removed, Rahul Dravid did not fill Form 6 to get their name added again. If he had filled the form 6, his name would be in the voter list of 2019 Lok Sabha Election. ”
After this, some officers went to Dravid’s house during the special drive but they did not get an entry in the house. “But all the three times, he didn’t turn up for physical verification and filling up of the form as he was traveling abroad,” Mr. Prasad told. Dravid later contacted the Election Officer Basavaraju Magi and asked if his name could be included in Indiranagar voting list.
“However, His brother had submitted the application (Form 7) for the removal of Rahul Dravid’s name from the voters’ list from Indira Nagar where he was staying at his parental house,” Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief N Manjunath Prasad said.”
March 16 was the deadline for applying for enrollment in the new constituency. Rahul Dravid, who was traveling, reached out to the polling officials after the deadline passed, the returning officer said.
The officials said that his name could not be added as he had not signed and submitted Form 6 on time.
“Our officers could not get any input despite three visits to his new address and there, his name could not be included in the voters’ list,” Mr. Prasad added.”
Bangalore Central, Bangalore North and Bangalore South votes on April 18, day two of the staggered national elections ending on May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.