NEW DELHI :
Opposition parties continue to mount pressure for the disqualification of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) East Delhi candidate, Gautam Gambhir. On Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) filed another complaint with the Election Commission (EC) demanding that Gambhir be banned from campaigning for violating the model code of conduct.
This comes as Gambhir’s candidature is amidst controversy. After his nomination was held for a few hours on the last day of filing, there have been two complaints been filed against him since Friday for holding two voter ID cards and an FIR for not seeking permission to hold a public meeting on Thursday.
The cricketer turned politician is contesting election for the first time from East Delhi. He is competing against AAP’s Atishi and Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely.
In a letter to the poll body, Atishi said Gambhir had held a rally in Dilshad Garden without seeking permission. She said that this was the second such violation in three days by Gambhir.
“In the light of repeated wilful violations, I request you to register FIR against him and to bar him from campaigning for 72 hours. I hope that you will not only act swiftly on my complaint but act in a manner that serves a strong deterrent for all who wilfully violate Model Code of Conduct," Atishi said in a letter to the EC.
Earlier in the day, speaking to reporters, Gambhir denied the “baseless" allegations against him.
“When you have done nothing in the last 4.5 years and have no vision, you make such allegations. The EC will decide. When there is no vision people indulge in such negative politics," he said.