The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday filed a formal complaint before the Election Commission of India against the Congress party candidate for Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary Constituency Ghulam Nabi Azad alleging that he had manipulated information about his property details in the Affidavit, Form no. 26, submitted by him along with his nomination form to the Returning Officer.
Giving details, senior BJP leader and senior advocate Chander Mohan Sharma pointed out that in the column for immovable property, Azad had mentioned that he owned land in Washim, Maharashtra, since more than 20 years, but the same information was not disclosed by him in the nomination forms submitted by him for the earlier elections contested by him.
The BJP leader said, "This amounts to deliberate concealment of facts regarding property and calls for action both under the Election Commission of India rules as well as Income Tax rules."
A complaint in this regard is being forwarded to both the ECI and the Returning Officer.
Sharma alleged Azad had also concealed details of his shares in several other investments across the country and abroad.
The BJP leader flayed the Congress party leadership and said if Azad, who has been a union minister for the last 30 years, has been indulging in such misappropriation while contesting elections, how people could have faith in the credibility of the Congress leaders, who stand totally exposed.
He urged the voters at the Udhampur-Kathua-Doda constituencies to vote for the BJP candidates in order to restore the credibility of electoral process in the country.