Gujarat civic polls: Cong candidates may be debarred
In a major political development ahead of civic polls in Gujarat, 558 Congress candidates may lose their candidature if the state election authorities reject their forms on technical grounds as they have not submitted Form B.india Updated: Sep 27, 2010 23:37 IST
In a major political development ahead of civic polls in Gujarat, 558 Congress candidates may lose their candidature if the state election authorities reject their forms on technical grounds as they have not submitted Form B.
Form B is a mandate from the party to candidate and is required to be submitted to the returning officer as well as the state EC, claimed officials of the Gujarat state election commission headed by retired IAS officer K.C. Kapoor.
On October 10, six cities having municipal corporation, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, will go for voting.
A formal complaint was made before all 48 returning officers in the six cities by BJP legal cell, which sought that the forms be rejected.
“We have asked the respective returning officers to decide on the matter after scrutiny of the forms and documents submitted by the candidates contesting the poll,” said Prakash Shah, secretary of the state EC.
He refused to elaborate on the process saying that the returning officers will decide as per the prescribed rules.
However, Congress leaders accused the the EC of working under pressure from the Modi government.
“There is a clear provision regarding submission of forms A and B and Congress candidates have followed all rules. But BJP has raised the technical issue based on a wrong interpretation of the rule because the ruling party wants that all Congress candidates are disallowed,” leader of opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said.