Amid the recent Lok Sabha polls in Tamilnadu Sivakarthikeyan was mired in controversy when his name was missing from the voters’ list, despite which he voted with his ID proof. Now, Election Commission official Satyaprada Sahu had said then that action would be taken against the official who allowed the actor to vote. According to a report in India Today, the actor clarified that it's his duty to vote given that he's an Indian citizen. He also added that the election commission advises everyone to vote and that it's not his mistake that his name was missing.
He told the reporters present at the press meet, "I am an Indian citizen and it is my duty to cast vote. I have my voter ID and hence I cast my vote. The election commission advises everyone to vote, and it is not my mistake that my name was missing from the voters' list. I voted just like everyone else."
He further said, "I had voted twice earlier in the same location, and even before a month when I checked, my name was on the list. So, I don't need to give an explanation on this."
Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, in an interview, said that it was a mistake on the booth officer's part to have given special permission to Sivakarthikeyan to vote. He also stated that action will be taken against the officer.
Similarly, actor Srikanth's name was also missing from the voters' list. Like Siva, Srikanth also got 'special permission' to cast his vote. Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said that necessary action will be taken against the officers who had allowed the actor to cast his vote.