Celebrated Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta claimed that her name has gone missing from the electoral list even as the polling in 119 assembly constituencies in Telangana started amid elaborate arrangements on Friday.
Gutta, 35, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share her "surprise", and wrote: "Surprised to see my name disappear from the voting list after checking online!! #whereismyvote."
Surprised to see my name disappear from the voting list after checking online!! #whereismyvote— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) December 7, 2018
In another tweet, she questioned the fairness of the election when "names are mysteriously disappearing from the list".
How’s the election fair...when names r mysteriously disappearing from the list!! ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ¡ðÂÂÂ¤¬— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) December 7, 2018
She sought to know why her name was deleted as she has been residing at the same residence for the past 12 years. If the names are deleted, the concerned persons should definitely be informed, she said.
To all the silly questions!! pic.twitter.com/6bKDwW8Xcv— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) December 7, 2018
Gutta said her mother was, however, able to vote. Her father Kranti Gutta told PTI that Jwala's name was found in the voters' list around one month ago. He claimed his attempt to enrol online as a voter was not successful.
The concerned polling station is in Banjara Hills in the city, he said.
Gutta has won several medals, including in the Commonwealth Games.
Her tweets created a social media storm with many voters coming up with their own ordeals while also blaming the Election Commission of India (EC) for irresponsible work.
Here are some reactions:
Many such incidents all over the state @Guttajwala thanks for raising it,both my parents names were not in d list they were in same town n same house for 36 years n who s responsible for their names not being in d list ðÂÂÂ¤ÂÂÂ #unfairtelanganaelections #TelanganaElections2018 https://t.co/hPTGRZKjtd— Harsha (@tatinenis) December 7, 2018
Almost 30 % voters lost their voting rights today in malkakgiri. Been voting for the last 20 years but this time my whole family names has been omitted from voters list.— Venkata Ramana (@vrkancharla) December 7, 2018
I have travelled so long to cast my vote and faced the same issue. Checked multiple times in the list and also online. Could not find any traces of it.— Tarun Bharadwaj (@me_chilakamarri) December 7, 2018
I have casted my vote last time. It is very shameful that EC/Govt doesn’t maintain the data records properly. #whereismyvote https://t.co/j9gnO2oNaV
Most of the people disappointed due to removal of their vote unethically.— Balaji Kommuri (@balaji_kommuri) December 7, 2018
EC must answer for this..!!@Guttajwala#TelanganaElections2018 #UnfairTelanganaElections#unfair #AssemblyElections2018 pic.twitter.com/CN7mbZt7rU
Meanwhile, India coach Pullela Gopichand and world number two women's singles player PV Sindhu have exercised their voting rights.
For the first time, the EC is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana. The polling started at 7 a.m. and will conclude at 5 PM, except in 13 constituencies classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected where the process ends at 4 PM.