After Congress complaint EC directs CBDT to verify assets declared by Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar

The Election Commission has ordered a verification of assets declared by Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar following a complaint by Congress. BJP leader Chandrasekhar will face Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram constituency.

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Published9 Apr 2024, 02:17 PM IST
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar files his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Thiruvananthapuram
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar files his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Thiruvananthapuram(ANI)

The Election Commission has called for a verification of assets declared by Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar following a complaint filed by the Congress. 

The poll body directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes to check for any mismatch in the affidavit submitted by Chandrasekhar. The senior BJP leader will be facing off against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Reports quoting sources indicate that the EC has directed the CBDT to verify any mismatch in the affidavit details submitted by Chandrasekhar. 

Falsification of affidavit is a punishable offense that can incur a jail term of up to six months, a fine or both. Any mismatch and falsification of affidavit is dealt with under Section 125 A of the Representation of the People Act 1951.

The Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary seat in Kerala will see a three-pronged fight between the BJP, Congress and left parties. The BJP has fielded Rajeev Chandrashekhar while CPM-led LDF has fielded CPI leader Pannyan Raveendran against sitting MP Shashi Tharoor.

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The BJP has never been able to win a Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. The Thiruvananthapuram seat has remained with Tharoor since 2009. It was previously won by CPI leader Pannyan Raveendran in 2005. Elections will take place on April 26 with votes being counted on June 4.

The United Democratic Front won 19 out of 20 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. This included 15 seats secured by the Congress while its allies — the Indian Union Muslim League (won two seats), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (won one), and the Kerala Congress (M) (won one seat) — secured the remainder.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:9 Apr 2024, 02:17 PM IST
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