Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Poll Official issues notice to Manish Sisodia for tweet on Atishi’s religion

East Delhi Returning Officer on Tuesday issued a notice to Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for making a tweet on the religion of AAP Candidate Atishi. In a notice served to the AAP Leader, Poll Official said that prima facie the poll commission believed that he has violated the model code of Conduct.

Deputy Chief Minister has been asked by the Election Commission to furnish his comments on the matter by 5 pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

Responding to the allegations and attacks on AAP nominee Atishi over her religion, Manish Sisodia made a tweet revealing the caste of Atishi. “I am sad that the BJP and Congress together are spreading lies about the religion of our East Delhi candidate,” said Sisodia in a tweet on April 27.

“The BJP and Congressmen! Be aware that her full name is Atishi Singh. She is a Rajputani. A hardcore Kshatrani… the Queen of Jhansi. Beware! She will win and create history too,” Sisodia added in his tweet in Hindi.

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Manish Sisodia’s reaction came days after a video of Former Congress Okhla MLA Asif Khan went viral where he has said Muslims should not vote for Atishi as he is a jew (Yahudi).

He can be heard in a video that, Hindu-Muslim-Sikh-Christian all are brothers but not a jew.

‘I belong to a Punjabi Hindu family, and despite knowing it, former Congress MLA Asif Khan is lying about me and dubbing me as a Jew,” said Atishi in a tweet responding to the controversy.

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Atishi Marlena, as known earlier, dropped her last name last year ahead of national polls. It is been claimed that Atishi has dropped ‘Marlena’ from her name fearing its misuse by political adversaries. Atishi in a run-up to the national elections is pitched against Gautam Gambhir of Bharatiya Janata Party and Arvinder Singh Lovely of Congress Party.

While in another development on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was issued a notice by the Poll Commission for allegedly distributing the letters to voters highlighting the achievement of the party. It came following a complaint by BJP’s Girish Sachdeva who accused Sisodia of violating the Poll Code.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting all 7 seats in the national capital. The party has named Atishi from Delhi East, Raghav Chaddha from Delhi South, among others for the mega battle of ballots.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 has already begun and is being held across 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. All 7 parliamentary seats of Delhi will vote on May 12. The Campaign for Phase VI will come to halt on May 10.

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