Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Why it took Kejriwal 6 hours to file nomination papers for Delhi polls

After 6 hours, 44 candidates, Kejriwal files nomination; AAP cries ‘BJP proxies’.AAP claimed that 35 candidates with incomplete papers insisted that they would not allow Arvind Kejriwal to file unless their nominations were accepted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Returning Officer’s chamber. (ANI)



Holding token number 45 and after waiting for over six hours, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal finally filed his nomination on Tuesday for the New Delhi Assembly seat as dozens of independent candidates queued up at Jamnagar House to file their papers. The drama at the Returning Officer’s (RO) chambers saw AAP accusing the BJP of “conspiracy” and sending 35 candidates to just block Kejriwal’s nomination.


Kejriwal failed to file his nomination on Monday due to a delay caused by his roadshow. “Waiting to file my nomination. My token no is 45. There are many people here to file nomination papers. I am so glad so many people participating in democracy,” Kejriwal said in the afternoon.

AAP, which is making a third bid to return to power in Delhi, claimed that 35 candidates with incomplete papers insisted that they would not allow Kejriwal to file unless their nominations were accepted.

“Around 35 candidates sitting at RO office with CM, without proper nomination papers, without even 10 proposers. They are calling their proposers on phone to come. They are insisting unless their papers are complete and they file nomination, they won’t allow CM to file nomination,” AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj’s tweeted.

Responding to Bhardwaj’s tweet, Kejriwal said it does not matter as many of them are filing their nominations for the first time. “Many of them are filing for the first time. They are bound to make mistakes. We also made mistakes the first time. We should handhold them. I am enjoying waiting with them. They are all part of my family,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

According to guidelines, while nominations can be filed till 3 pm, candidates who have already collected tokens to file their papers are allowed to do so beyond the time limit.

Smelling a rat, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said no matter how much the BJP conspired, they would not be able to stop Kejriwal from filing his nomination.

“BJP, no matter how much you conspire, you will not be able to stop Kejriwal from filing his nomination or from becoming the chief minister for the third time. Your conspiracies will not yield any result,” Sisodia tweeted.

“BJP has sent 45 candidates to file their nominations before Arvind Kejriwal. The Election Commission is intentionally spending 30 minutes to 1 hour on those who don’t have all the papers, those who don’t have proposers — all so that Arvind Kejriwal can be stopped from filing his nomination,” Sisodia said in another tweet.

Delhi goes to polls on February 8 and counting will take place on February 11. BJP has fielded Sunil Yadav against Kejriwal while Congress has fielded Romesh Sabharwal.--IE

No comments:

Post a Comment

Find the post useful/interesting? Share it by clicking the buttons below