In India, if you are an eligible voter, then you must have faced or heard of some weird voter ID goof-ups where your father’s name and mother’s name have been exchanged, address has an unnecessary addition or something like this. But what you might not have heard is that a 51-year-old woman in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh has Sunny Leone’s photo printed on the voter ID list. Isn’t this funny more than strange?
If you don’t know who Sunny Leone is (which I strongly doubt), she is an Canadian born Indian-American model and a Bollywood actress. Sunny Leone is her stage name but her real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra. Though she had hosted a couple of shows and red carpets before, she majorly got acknowledged by the audiences when she participated in Bigg Boss in 2011. Since then, she has taken up many roles in Bollywood mainstream movies and is popular among youngsters. She has also been hosting MTV Splitsvilla along with Rannvijay Singh for a couple of years now. Recently, a web series about her life and her journey from Karenjit to Sunny was released and was appreciated by many.
Sunny Leone’s lingerie-clad photo landed up in a Ballia district’s 51 year old woman’s voter IDNot just this, in fact, as the election board was preparing the voters’ list for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, they also found pictures of a deer, a pigeon and an elephant against a few voters’ names. These errors were observed when the verification was being done. When the board was asked about this, a senior district official confirmed the news and was quoted as saying,
“While the list carries the picture of a scantily clad woman resembling Sunny Leone in place of voter Durgawati Singh of Vivekanand Colony, it carries photograph of an elephant against the name of former cabinet minister Narad Rai and picture of a deer in place of KunwarAnkur Singh.”
If you still don’t believe us, then have a look at it yourself:
Popular Bollywood actress, Sunny Leone’s photo was actually pasted against the name of a voter named Durgawati Singh who is a resident of Vivekanand Colony, Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, a voter named Kunwar Singh had an image of a deer against his name and Ankur Singh had a picture of a pigeon. Another voter who happens to be a former minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s government in UPalso faced the grunt of this carelessness. His name is Narad Rai and according to the voters’ list, he is an elephant.
When the officials were asked about this inaccuracy and negligence, Additional District Magistrate Mukul Kumar Singhal said,
“A data operator on contract, Vishnu Verma, was sore over his transfer and indulged in this. Out of mischief, he pasted such pictures against the names of seven voters.”
So, it means a miffed district official decided to take revenge from his superiors by indulging in such immature actions where he went on to change the information given by the users and added wrong information to the voters’ list for his entertainment. When the head official of the district subdivision was asked about what are actions taken against the miffed data operator,Ballia Sadar SDM Ashwini Srivastava said,
“After the mistake came to light, district election officials took corrective measures and transferred the data entry operator VishnudevVerma and also filed an FIR against him. Action had been taken in the matter even before I joined here some 20 days ago,”
No wonder Vishnudev Verma, the man behind this entire ruckus was being transferred before. Turns out his little mischief did not help and, in fact, landed him into legal trouble as an official FIR in the Ballia Kotwali Police Station has been filed against him. He later added that the Election Commission have been notified off all his wrongdoings and all the data has been corrected.