Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Chandni Chowk, Vijender Gupta, on Monday moved an application seeking rejection of the nominations of his Congress opponent Kapil Sibal and Sibal’s covering candidate Promila Sibal on the ground that they were ‘incomplete’.
However, Returning Officer for Chandni Chowk, P Krishnamurthy, termed the objections insubstantial, and declared that the affidavits met with legal requirements.
The drama started in the forenoon after Gupta moved an application citing six discrepancies in Sibal’s nomination papers. In his complaint, Gupta said that both affidavits were not sworn before a first-class magistrate or notary, which is a mandatory requirement. He also said Sibal had not filed a ‘no dues’ certificate obtained from the Lok Sabha, as required of members.
But the returning officer found the affidavits filed in the prescribed format and duly attested by a Notary Public.
Gupta later appealed to the Election Commission of India against the order.