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AAP candidate moves Delhi HC over Bidhuri’s nomination

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Published : Apr 28, 2019, 5:03 am IST
Updated : Apr 28, 2019, 5:03 am IST

Backing Mr Chadha’s claims, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the charges against Mr Bidhuri are very serious.

Aam Aadmi Party’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha (left) with Dy CM Manish Sisodia at a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: G.N. Jha)
 Aam Aadmi Party’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha (left) with Dy CM Manish Sisodia at a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: G.N. Jha)

New Delhi: AAP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha on Saturday approached the Delhi high court challenging the decision of the returning officer to accept BJP South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri’s nomination papers.

Mr Chadha claimed in his plea that the returning officer (RO) overlooked “glaring discrepancies in Mr Bidhuri’s nomination” and it was accepted without application of mind on the ground that they do not have any power to reject a nomination once an affidavit is filed, regardless of any concealment therein.

The plea sought direction to call for the records and quash the RO’s April 24 order. It also sought direction to the RO to scrutinise the nomination of Mr Bidhuri in accordance with various directions of the Supreme Court.

“The RO’s decision is arbitrary, illegal, unsustainable, and ought to be quashed,” the AAP candidate said.

“The impugned order failed to appreciate that every citizen in India has an unimpeachable and indefeasible fundamental right to information about the candidate they are called upon to vote for, which ought to not be rendered nugatory by an abdication of duty at the time of scrutiny,” the plea added.

Backing Mr Chadha’s claims, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the charges against Mr Bidhuri are very serious. “He is sure to be disqualified. South Delhi voters should not waste their vote on him,” Mr Kejriwal said.

Reacting to the development, Mr Bidhuri accused the ruling party in Delhi of “engineering a conspiracy against him.”

“All the facts and papers submitted in my nomination are true. AAP leaders are conspiring against me because they are losing the Lok Sabha elections,” the BJP leader said.

“I have earlier fought and won Assembly and Lok Sabha elections and nothing wrong was ever found in my nominations,” he added.

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