Former India captain and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid won't be able to able to vote during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections because his name has been deleted from the electorate list.
An icon during the 2018 Assembly elections in Karnataka, Dravid had shifted base and got his name deleted from his old constituency in Indiranagar, but his name couldn't be added in the new constituency list before the official deadline.
While Rahul's brother had actually submitted the required documentation for deletion of names from the list, he had not filled the form to add the name of Dravid in his new constituency.
N Manjunath Prasad, the BBMP Commissioner, also confirmed that even though the documents for name deletion got submitted, the documents for inclusion had to be submitted by Rahul - the voter - himself.
"Our officials visited his house twice, but we were not allowed inside," Mathikere sub-division Assistant Electoral Returning Officer Roopa told Times of India. "We were informed Dravid is touring abroad and there was no message from him to include his name in the voters’ list."
Basawaraju Magi, the Domlur sub-division Assistant Electoral Returning Officer also responded over the matter and said, "Rahul Dravid was in Spain, but was eager to vote. Unfortunately, his name got deleted from the Shantinagar Assembly constituency."
The first draft of voters list was published in January, whereas the final roll was published on March 16 - when Rahul is understood to have realised the problem and contacted the officials concerned.
"He had to submit Form 6 before March 16, otherwise nothing can be done," the Additional Chief Electoral Officer KN Ramesh told The News Minute. "We came to know about this only after we finalised the electoral rolls. Our officials must have visited his home and if he had then informed us that he had got his name deleted from the Indiranagar list, we could have done something."