Delhi polls: Top contenders keep fighting to the bitter finish

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 14:56 IST

After a bitter, acrimonious campaign, political parties in Delhi continued to trade charges even on the day of polling on Saturday.

In an early morning complaint to the Election Commission, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi of violating the Model Code of Conduct in her constituency, Krishna Nagar. In their letter, AAP accused that Bedi of holding a road show and a bike rally with hundreds of workers equipped with "campaign material" and "talking to voters" on Saturday.

The party alleged that the rally was held in the main Krishna Nagar area and urged EC to take action against Bedi. Although while BJP scraped the allegations, BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi accused AAP of bribing the voters.

"Shameless incident recorded by media channels where men, women, young girls narrated how their vote was being bought by an unethical party," she also tweeted.

Arvind Kejriwal, however denied the allegations and termed it be a rumour.

The complaint by the party came even as AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal sought Election Commission intervention over polling being "slowed down" in many places, which he said had resulted in voters returning without casting their vote.

"As per rules, 3 voters r allowed inside booth at a time. They r allowing only 1 voter, which has slowed down voting... Even lunch breaks being taken which is against rules. EC shud (sic) immediately intervene," Kejriwal tweeted.

BJP candidate from New Delhi Nupur Sharma, alleged that she was manhandled by some Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers near India Gate on Saturday along with other female party members by unidentified AAP volunteers.

According to Sharma, she was heading to the party's office after casting her vote when she saw some AAP volunteers campaigning, which is violation of the election commission guidelines, at Princess Park near India Gate. When she tried to stop them, they allegedly manhandled her, said Sharma.

(With inputs from agencies)

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