The BJP's chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi on Tuesday sent a legal notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for using her photograph in his party's poster campaign without her permission.
Bedi's party has gone a step further and its Delhi unit has urged the Election Commission to cancel Kejriwal's candidature and ban him from addressing public gatherings, alleging that he has violated the model code of conduct.
"Yes, she has sent a notice to Kejriwal. He has been asked to ensure that the posters are removed," Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) media convener Praveen Shankar Kapoor told IANS.
"He has been making frivolous accusations against other parties and individuals so that he can mislead the people. We have urged the EC to take immediate action against him and to cancel his candidature as well as ban him from addressing public rallies," Satish Upadhyay, president of the BJP Delhi unit, told reporters.
Kapoor said the complaint to the poll panel consisted of "four to five violations" of the code of conduct that Kejriwal has committed.
"It includes him asking voters to accept the alleged bribes given by the BJP and Congress as well as his pasting pictures of Kiran Bedi without her permission," Kapoor said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had recently put up posters on numerous auto-rickshaws plying in the national capital, asking the people of Delhi to choose between Kejriwal and Bedi for the post of chief minister.
In the posters, the picture of Kejriwal has the word imandar or honest printed below it while that of Bedi has avsarvadi or opportunist.
Earlier, fellow party leader Jagdish Mukhi, too, had sent a notice to Kejriwal for using his photograph in similar posters, before the BJP declared Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections.
The AAP pitted Kejriwal against Mukhi, even though the BJP had said that they would contest the Delhi election under Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming a CM candidate. The BJP, however, later named Bedi for the post after she joined the party earlier this month.