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Sena urges EC to bar BJP candidate

Delhi unit of Shiv Sena has urged the EC to bar a BJP candidate from contesting polls alleging that he was convicted by a court in a criminal case in 1995.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2003 20:06 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

In an interesting development, Delhi unit of Shiv Sena, a key NDA ally, on Sunday moved the Election Commission asking it to bar a BJP candidate from contesting Monday's Delhi assembly polls alleging that he was convicted by a court in a criminal case in 1995.

In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, party's state unit president Jai Bhagwan Goel alleged that BJP candidate from Karawal Nagar in Northeast Delhi, Mohan Singh Bisht, was booked by police on charges of attempting to commit culpable homicide, wrongful confinement and common intention.

In the letter, copy of which was released to the press, Shiv Sena said Bisht was sentenced by a Karkardooma court on September 23, 1995 to a month's imprisonment, if he did not pay a fine of Rs 1,000.

The party also alleged that Gokulpuri police have also registered an FIR against him in a case of eve-teasing lodged by a woman resident.

"Keeping in view the Election Commission's Herculean efforts to rid criminal elements from public life, the party appeals to you to bar him from contesting tomorrow's polls," Goel said.

Interestingly, Sena has concentrated a lot of energy in the constituency including campaigning by its Union ministers Subodh Mohite and Anant Geete in favour of party candidate Anand Trivedi.

The party is contesting 27 seats of its own in the Delhi elections. It had contested two seats in alliance with the BJP in the last elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

First Published: Nov 30, 2003 19:08 IST