AAP to challenge Ramesh Bidhuri's nomination

The party listed some of the grounds on which it will challenge the decision.

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said it would move the high court challenging the returning officer’s decision to accept the nomination papers of Ramesh Bidhuri, the BJP candidate from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.

The party, in a statement, said it would move the high court since the returning officer “erred in overlooking glaring discrepancies in Mr Bidhuri’s nomination and it is a fit case for legal challenge”. The party listed some of the grounds on which it will challenge the decision.

“The BJP candidate has failed to declare in particulars of pending criminal proceedings, particularly CC No. 303/2018 filed in P. S. Kazimahammadpur, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, under Sections 504, 506, 153 and 153(a) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860,” it said.

Mr Bidhuri also failed to disclose particulars of LIC policy for sum assured of Rs 1,00,000 with premium of '2,829 half yearly, though the same was disclosed in the Form 26 Declaration in 2014, the party claimed.

The candidate has intentionally left blank paragraph 6A, despite being required to fill up. In Paragraph No. 4 in respect of his income tax return, the candidate has disclosed a false total income of '8,79,150 for the year 2013-14 as opposed to the amount of '6,16,995 demonstrated by his Form 26 Declaration for the year 2014, the AAP said.

Returning Officer K. Mahesh on Wednesday accepted BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir’s nomination from East Delhi parliamentary constituency after the party clarified that his affidavit was not antedated. AAP and Congress had raised objections on the affidavit filed by the cricketer-turned-politician.

Mr Gambhir’s lawyer Anil Soni said it was a plan to create a ruckus by AAP and it was the Opposition’s fear of BJP winning the elections which forced them to object to his client’s affidavit.

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