After BJP’s resounding victory in the Delhi municipal elections, a Congress candidate has challenged the results of a winning BJP candidate, alleging registering of “fake and bogus” voters.
In the election petition filed before a city court, Congress candidate Permdeep Barhala has accused BJP’s Rampal Yadav of having registered as many as 950 voters to facilitate his win from South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Said-ul-Ajaib constituency.
Yadav had won by a margin of 500 votes.
The petition has been filed under section 15 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957.
Taking note of Barhala’s petition, district judge RK Gauba issued notices to Yadav and two other candidates who fought from ward number 173.
Notices were also issued against the chief election officer of Delhi and returning officer Said-ul-Ajaib constituency. The court fixed July 9 to hear the respondents in the case.
Barhala’s petition claimed: “The petitioner upon perusing the electoral list of the constituency found a number of bogus, sham and fake voters had been registered whose votes had obviously materially altered the result of the election.”
He alleged that of the total of 950 voters, Yadav had 84 voters — unrelated to each other — registered from his own address.
Apart from his own address, Barhala has accused Yadav of having 85 voters registered from his relatives address. The bogus votes, he added, cast in favour of Yadav helped him win the election with a narrow margin of 500 votes.