Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) legislator who is seeking a re-election from the Malabar Hill constituency filed his nomination with much fanfare but without a detailed list of his assets.
Lodha was served a notice by Returning Officer Sanjay Katkar on Tuesday for failing to submit details of his assets worth Rs 7.7 crore. “We have served him (Lodha) a notice asking him to submit his affidavit before September 25 or his nomination would stand cancelled,” said Katkar, returning officer for Malabar Hill.
Lodha said, “We have told the election officer that we would file the affidavit tomorrow as the notary work is still to be done.” Four other candidates from Bandra including BJP corporator Ashish Shelar did not manage to attach the affidavit to his nomination. All of them are supposed to submit the details by September 25, the last date for filing nominations, failing which, they will not be able to contest.
An Election Commission official said candidates normally file nominations without certain documents when they are in a hurry to file the papers. “Many candidates choose to do it on a particular day or at a certain time they consider auspicious. They file the nominations even if they do not have verified documents,” said the official requesting anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
In such cases, we issue them notices saying that they have to submit the required papers by the deadline set for accepting nominations.” As parties rolled out their candidate lists, nominees began filing papers.
Eighteen candidates filed nominations on Tuesday. These included don-turned-Byculla-legislator Arun Gawli and gangster Chhota Rajan’s brother Deepak Nikalje.
Filing of nominations in the western suburbs was slow. Communist Party of India candidate Akhilesh Gaud and independent candidate Machindranath Sankpal filed their papers from Charkop constituency. Gaud declared assets worth Rs 50,000 while Sankpal declared assets worth Rs 3 lakh.