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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: No woman among 13 candidates in Gautam Budh Nagar seat

The fight in Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha seat this time is going to be an all-male affair, with no woman contesting from the seat. In total, 21 nominations were filed, of which 13 were accepted while eight were rejected during scrutiny.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 29, 2019 15:59 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times, Noida
Dr Mahesh Sharma is the sitting MP and BJP’s candidate from the Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha seat.
Dr Mahesh Sharma is the sitting MP and BJP’s candidate from the Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha seat. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
         

Thirteen candidates have been left in the fray in the Gautam Budha Nagar Lok Sabha constituency after Thursday, the last date for withdrawal of nominations for the first phase of 2019 parliamentary polls. Polling in the segment will take place on April 11.

The fight this time, however, is going to be an all-male affair, with no woman contesting from the seat.

In total, 21 nominations were filed, of which 13 were accepted while eight were rejected during scrutiny.

“No withdrawals have taken place and the number of final candidates from the district is 13. Now, we will be monitoring the campaigning by political parties to ensure that the guidelines of Election Commission of India (ECI) are followed strictly,” BN Singh, district magistrate, said.

While neighbouring Ghaziabad constituency has two women candidates — Dolly Sharma of the Congress and Divya Yogmaya Saraswati of the Rashtriya Bharatiya Jan Jan Party — the only woman to file nomination papers in Gautam Budh Nagar was Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Shweta Sharma.

Her nomination, however, was rejected during scrutiny for technical reasons.

The rejection was a major setback for the AAP in the district, which was planning to expand its base to NCR cities. Sharma failed to provide the required number of proposers in the nomination form. “Sharma’s nomination was cancelled wrongly. Our party had chosen Sharma as she could understand the issues of locals, especially women, better,” Sanjiv Nigam, district media in-charge, AAP, said.

The final 13 candidates are Arvind Kumar (Congress), Dr Mahesh Sharma (BJP), Satveer Nagar (Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party alliance), Jagdeep Singh (Lok Tantrik Janshakti Party), Jitendra Singh (Pragati Samajwadi Party), Dayaram Singh (Aap Ki Apni Party), Raghuvendra Kumar (Subhash Wadi Bharatiya Samaj Party), Rampal (Rashtriya Samaj Party), Vinod Kumar Nagar (Rashtriya Janjan Party), Vinod Sharma (All Indian Rajiv Congress Party), Shersingh Upadhayay ( Rashtriya Janta Party), Ashok Kumar Adhana (Independent) and Rodas Gupta (Independent).

All administration officials handling social media and various Whatsapp groups have been asked to ensure that no publicity of any political candidate takes place on these formats.

Officials have been told that appropriate legal action will be taken as per the guidelines of ECI if any posts benefitting a political party or candidate is posted.

Political parties have also been asked to follow the ECI guidelines for social media such as taking prior permission to use electronic media for publicity and also to provide the total money spent on social media publicity campaigns.

First Published: Mar 29, 2019 15:59 IST