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Ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name missing from voters’ list

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Lucknow: Former Prime Minister and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name has been removed from the voters’ list of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) as he has been away for the last several years.

The reason being cited, he has not been staying here for the last several years.

According to reports, zonal officer of the LMC-Zone 1, Ashok Kumar Singh, said on Wednesday, “Vajpayee, who once coined the slogan Pehle Matdaan Phir Jalpaan (loosely translated ‘First vote, then have breakfast’) – has been removed from the voter list after the latest (voter list) campaign. The house in the three-storey Rajendra Smriti Bhavan beside Mohan Hotel is now the office of the Kisan Sangh.”

Vajpayee, whose voter number was 1054, had last cast his vote in the civic body polls in 2000. The ailing former PM has not exercised his franchise after 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

Vajpayee had been an MP for the 1999-2004 term. The veteran BJP leader, who had last cast his vote in the 2004 LS polls in the capital, used to visit the poll booth at the civic body to cast votes in the LS and municipal election. He had also campaigned for Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma in the 2006 mayoral poll.

Since a long time, the former PM has not been keeping well and is confined to his home in Delhi. He stays at 6-A in Lutyen’s Zone.

His residence in Lucknow 92 / 98-1 in Basmandi is now being used as the office of Kisan Sangh. He has not visited Lucknow for the past 10 years.

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