Gambhir 'hit wicket' by two voter cards, alleges AAP; BJP says party "losing sleep"

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal asked voters to not "waste" their vote on someone who will get disqualified soon.

Gambhir hit wicket by two voter cards alleges AAP BJP says party losing sleep
Screenshots of the two alleged voter cards were posted by Atishi, AAP candidate from East Delhi.
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 26 Apr 2019 07:23 PM
New Delhi: The fight for the East Delhi seat is getting intense by the day with the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday lodging a criminal complaint against BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir claiming he possesses two voter IDs in two separate constituencies of Delhi, Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar.

AAP candidate Atishi claimed that the name of the cricketer-turned-politician has figured twice in electoral rolls and it has filed a criminal complaint against him in Tis Hazari Court over the issue.

Kejriwal's party earlier raised objections on nominations filed by Gambhir, alleging that there were "shortcomings" in the documents submitted by them.

Replying to today’s allegations, BJP Delhi President Manoj Tiwari said the "AAP is losing elections" that is why it is raising such issues. They know that they cannot win by votes so they are now targeting candidates.”

All documents of Gambhir are correct and no one can stop him from fighting the election, Tiwari said.

"We are for positive politics and will not be affected by their negative politics," Tiwari said.

Aam Aadmi Party's East Delhi candidate Atishi said it is a criminal matter and called for Gambhir's "immediate disqualification".

"We have filed a criminal complaint in Tis Hazari Court against Gambhir," she said.

She alleged that the cricketer-turned-politician has two voter IDs of Rajendra Nagar and Karol Bagh, and he faces upto one year in prison for this offence.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also came out in defence of Gambhir alleging “Kejriwal had 4 to 5 identity proofs when he contested himself.”

“So he should introspect that then he will know that how one id is used and others are cancelled,” Lekhi said.

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal asked voters to not "waste" their vote on someone who will get disqualified soon.

The complaint has been filed under Section 155(2) seeking direction for police investigation into offences punishable, Sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of The People Act, 1950 and Section 125A of The Representation of the People Act, 1951.

As per Section 17 of The Representation of the People Act, 1950, no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency. Section 31 makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison.

Consequently, any such declarations made in order to obtain registration as a voter in two or more constituencies is a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment up to one year, or fine, or both.

In the affidavit submitted to the returning officer at the time of nomination, Gambhir had mentioned that he is only registered to vote in the Rajinder Nagar assembly seat, Atishi alleged.

However, upon scrutiny it was discovered that Gambhir was also registered to vote in the Karol Bagh assembly constituency, she said.

"This fact was also deliberately and willfully concealed by Gambhir during the time of filing and scrutiny of his nomination, as witnessed by the Returning Officer, presumably to avoid rejection of his nomination. The concealment of information provided in an election affidavit is also punishable under Section 125A of the said Act, with up to six months of jail," she said.

It is pertinent to recall that Gambhir's nomination had been held up due to objections raised by the AAP candidate due to technical errors in the affidavit.

"Unfortunately for the public, a candidate who is unaware of the law and legal processes has been parachuted into the fray to extract a benefit from his stardom. But the party and the candidate will pay the cost of unpreparedness and inexperience through eventual disqualification and possible jail term for Gambhir," she added.

The Congress also seized the opportunity to target Gambhir saying he got into politics for hobby.

"There is a difference between doing serious politics & doing politics for hobby. A person who does not care to keep information about voter Id cards, what information would he keep regarding the area & its problems. Definitely there are two Id cards, so as per that it is a case of criminal proceedings. I would like to convey this to people of east Delhi, that the person who could not handle his id cards, how would he handle the parliamentary constituency," Arvinder Singh Lovely, Congress' East Delhi candidate.

Delhi votes on May 12. Results will be declared on May 23.

(With additional information from PTI)