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28 Sep 2017

Atal Bihari Vajpayee not on voters' list for Lucknow civic-polls

Ex-PM Vajpayee's name removed from voters' list

Ahead of the municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh, Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name has been struck off the Lucknow Municipal Corporation's voter list.

His name was removed as he has been inactive and absent from the city for the past several years.

He was once the occupant of house number 92/98-1 in Basmandi area of Lucknow's Babu Banarasai Das Ward.

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Ex-PM Vajpayee's name removed from voters' list

LMC Zonal Officer (Zone-1) Ashok Kumar Singh's statement

Singh said: "Vajpayee, who once coined the slogan Pehle Matdaan Phir Jalpaan - has been removed from the voter list after the latest (voter list) campaign. The house in the three-story Rajendra Smriti Bhavan beside Mohan Hotel is now the office of the Kisan Sangh."

Vajpayee hasn't visited Lucknow in about 10 years


Vajpayee hasn't visited Lucknow in about 10 years

With the voter number 1054, Vajpayee had last cast vote in the municipal elections in 2000.

The former Prime Minister had not exercised his right to vote after the 2004 Lok Sabha elections; he had cast his vote in Delhi at the time.

However, he had campaigned for Dinesh Sharma, the incumbent Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh, in the 2006 Lucknow mayoral election.

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Vajpayee's health has been a major concern lately

Vajpayee is currently the oldest living ex-PM of India; he now resides at 6-A in Lutyen's Zone in Delhi.

The ailing 92-year-old retired from active politics after BJP lost in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

He hardly meets anyone but BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Rajnath Singh, visit him occasionally.

In 2009, he suffered a stroke, which impaired his speech.

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