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Complaint filed against Arvind Kejriwal

A delegation, led by former East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, met the CEO and submitted a memorandum against Kejriwal, saying he made “communal and provocative” statements to attract voters on “communal lines”.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 27, 2019 05:41 IST
HT Correspondent
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New Delhi
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The Congress on Friday lodged a complaint with the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly making a “communal” statement. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

The Congress on Friday lodged a complaint with the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly making a “communal” statement. In its complaint, the Congress said that Kejriwal should be barred from poll campaigning.

A delegation, led by former East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, met the CEO and submitted a memorandum against Kejriwal, saying he made “communal and provocative” statements to attract voters on “communal lines”. The CEO office has sought a response from AAP on the complaint. “AAP has been asked to file its response by Saturday. Action will be taken after that,” a Delhi poll body official said.

The Congress cited Kejriwal’s statement at a press conference on Thursday, where the CM while appealing the voters not to split the anti-BJP vote said, “...the Congress was not getting a single Hindu vote in the parliamentary polls while Muslims were a little confused.” Responding to the allegation, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “It was said in an open press conference. The statement is a fact stated in plain language. It was not a communal appeal because we are asking both Hindus and Muslims not to vote for Congress.”

Dikshit told reporters tha the AAP chief be barred from poll campaigning. “Kejriwal’s statement is communal and illegal in nature, and is intended to divide the Hindu and Muslim votes, and attract the voters along communal lines,” the Congress’s memorandum said.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 05:41 IST