The Poll Officer on Wednesday rejected the claims and objections raised by Aam Aadmi Party’s Atishi and Congress on the ‘shortcomings’ on the nomination forms of BJP Candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir. Following which the EC accepted the nomination form of the cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir.
The Poll Officer in an official release stated, ‘At the time of scrutiny, Atishi Marlena along with Advocate Anish Dayal (Aam Aadmi Party) along with Mr Manjit Singh raised an objection that on the two affidavits filed by the candidate (Gautam Gambhir), the notarial stamp bears the date ’18/04’ on the first affidavit and “19/04″ on the second affidavit, whereas the date of the stamp paper is of 23.04.2019”.
Similar allegations and objections were raised by Congress Candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely.
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It is alleged that the stamp paper on which the affidavit has been furnished is dated April 23 whereas the notarial stamp on two affidavits submitted by the Cricketer-turned-Politician Gautam Gambhir has a date of April 18 and April 19.
However, following the objections, EC directed Gautam Gambhir to file respond. Responding to the objections, Gautam Gambhir’s lawyer said that the ’18/04′ and ’19/04′ were not the dates rather the serial number of the notary. The date is April 23 and there is no discrepancy.
Gautam Gambhir has been named by the party for Delhi East Seat to contest against Congress Arvinder Singh Lovely and Aam Aadmi Party nominee Atishi. Gambhir in a run-up to the elections has been named replacing sitting MP Mahesh Giri from Delhi East Parliamentary Seat.
Apart from Gautam Gambhir, AAP and Congress on Wednesday also raised objections on the nomination form of BJP South Delhi Candidate and sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri. However, poll officials rejecting the allegations accepted the nominations after he filed a response.
Tuesday was the last day of filing nominations for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, which is due on 12 May.
A total of 439 nominations have been filed for 7 Parliamentary Seats of the national capital. Tuesday was the last date to file nomination for May 12 polls. North East Delhi has received the highest number of nominations accounting to a total of 74 whereas North West Delhi has received only 39 nominations.
Lok Sabha Polls 2019 has already begun and would spread on Seven Phases starting from April 11 to May 19. Counting of Votes and Results for the mega Battle of ballots will be announced on May 23.