The East Delhi AAP candidate for 17th Lok Sabha elections Atishi had alleged and filed a criminal complaint in Tis Hazari Court against BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for having two voter ids. Aam Aadmi Party claims that Gambhir’s name appears twice on electoral roles and it’s a legal issue.
AAP East Delhi candidate asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to intervene and called for an “immediate disqualification” of his candidature.
Atishi tweeted by attaching Gambhir’s voter information of Rajinder Nagar and Karol Bagh and asked the voters not to waste their vote by voting Gautam Gambhir.
My appeal to the citizens of East Delhi Lok Sabha – pls don’t waste your vote by voting for @GautamGambhir; he is going to get disqualified sooner or later for having two Voter ID cards! अपना वोट व्यर्थ ना करें! #GambhirApradh pic.twitter.com/6bxGnT4n93
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) April 26, 2019
According to Atishi Marlena, the cricketer turned politician has to face a year of prison for the criminal offence done.
The reaction of Gautam Gambhir
Though Gambhir did not respond to Atishi’s allegations immediately, he said he’s having only one voter ID at Rajinder Nagar and refused all the claims made against him.
During a roadshow in South Delhi’s Jangpura area, Gambhir confirmed stating the allegations as “negative politics” and do not have any other voter ID other than at Rajinder Nagar.
“When a party has no vision and has not done anything in the last four and a half years, they stoop to these levels of allegations. There is a great difference between the thinking of BJP and AAP. We do positive politics. We will do everything according to the rules,” he told reporters on April 28.
More trouble to Gambhir
Atishi Marlena who is contesting against BJP’s Gautam Gambhir and Congress’s Arvinder Singh Lovely from East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency came up with another allegation and wrote an official letter to the Returning Officer (RO) to take stern action against Gambhir for repeatedly breaking the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) rules.
“I file my formal complaint against Gautam Gambhir, East Delhi Parliamentary Constituency candidate, BJP, for distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name and quantity in violation of the rules,” she said in the letter.
Atishi requested the Returning Officer (RO) for a 72-hour ban on Gambhir from campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls for violating MCC several times and register an FIR against him considering her complaint.
Delhi will go to the polls on May 12 for its seven Lok Sabha seats.
Delhi Magistrate Court has directed the AAP candidate to submit more documents, evidence and records to her allegations against Gambhir for having his name registered on two assembly constituencies. Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas, however, reiterated to reserve the order till May 13 and asked her to prove her right to bring the case to the court.
Returning Officer (RO) will have to clear all these confusions before the voters for a speculation-free election.