Rahul Dravid, India, 2019 Lok Sabha Elections
Dravid’s name was not added in the new constituency list before the deadline.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid will not be able to cast his vote for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections as his name has been deleted from the electorate list.

According to a report in the Times of India on Sunday, Dravid’s name was not added in the new constituency list before the deadline. He had shifted his house and got his name deleted from his old constituency in Indiranagar.

Dravid’s brother had submitted all the documents required for deletion of names from the list, but the batting great did not fill the form which was mandatory to to add his name in his new constituency.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad clarified that the voter himself has to submit the documents for inclusion.

“Our officials visited his house twice, but we were not allowed inside. We were informed Dravid is touring abroad and there was no message from him to include his name in the voters’ list,” Mathikere sub-division Assistant Electoral Returning Officer Roopa said. (ALSO READ: Current players are benefiting financially from Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble and others’ fight in 2002: Sehwag)

“Rahul Dravid was in Spain but was eager to vote. Unfortunately, his name got deleted from the Shantinagar Assembly constituency,” Basawaraju Magi, the Domlur sub-division Assistant Electoral Returning Officer said.

Around Bangalore, ironically, there are boards with Dravid’s face urging the people of the state to go out and vote.

“He had to submit Form 6 before March 16, otherwise nothing can be done. 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,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer KN Ramesh told The News Minute. (ALSO READ: BCCI backs Rahul Dravid, proposes life skills training for U-16 cricketers)

The first draft of voters list was published in January, while the final roll was published on March 16 and it is only in March that the India U-19 coach realised the problem, but then it was too late!