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Politics over health better than caste: Sisodia to CEO

The poll panel had sought a response from Manish Sisodia on Monday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lodged a complaint that Delhi’s health and education minister was sending letters to voters.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 08, 2019 13:42 IST
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“Politics over education and health is better than politics over religion and caste”, Manish Sisodia said in his reply to the chief electoral officer of Delhi, to allegations that he was sending letters and seeking votes based on the improvements in health and education sector.
“Politics over education and health is better than politics over religion and caste”, Manish Sisodia said in his reply to the chief electoral officer of Delhi, to allegations that he was sending letters and seeking votes based on the improvements in health and education sector. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
         

“Politics over education and health is better than politics over religion and caste”, Manish Sisodia said in his reply to the chief electoral officer of Delhi, to allegations that he was sending letters and seeking votes based on the improvements in health and education sector.

The poll panel had sought a response from Sisodia on Monday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lodged a complaint that Delhi’s health and education minister was sending letters to voters. Sisodia also said in his reply that he did not spend public money on sending the letters.

“I feel that politics on education, health and such relevant issues is better than politics over religion, caste and hate, which carry no weight except playing with the sentiments of people,” Sisodia stated in his reply.

Sisodia’s response was forwarded to the Election Commission by the Delhi chief election officer for a decision.

On Tuesday, the returning officer of East Delhi constituency sent a notice to Sisodia, with regard to a tweet, in which the BJP alleged, Sisodia had warned the BJP and the Congress of defeat saying that AAP’s candidate from East Delhi, Atishi, is a ‘Rajputani’ and ‘Jhansi ki Rani’. The BJP alleged that it is a violation of the model code of conduct.

A senior official from the Delhi election office said that Arvind Kejriwal’s reply to a complaint, lodged by Hans Raj Hans, BJP’s candidate from North West Delhi, has also been forwarded to the Election Commission of India.

AAP leaders had allegedly said that Hans Raj Hans had converted to Islam.

“Our chief minister has almost 33 frivolous court cases lodged against him.It is a modus operandi of Mr Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) to harass political competitors through agencies like ED, I-T, CBI and ECI. This art has been practised in Gujarat by implicating opponents in multiple enquiries and court cases,” said Saurabh Bhardawaj, national spokesperson of the AAP.

“This has nothing to do with Narendra Modi. The AAP leaders are constantly violating the model code of conduct and hence, complaints have been lodged against the party and its convener. Several such complaints have also been lodged against the BJP,” said Vijender Gupta, leader of the opposition and BJP leader.

Until Tuesday, at least 258 FIRs and daily diary violations have been lodged against various political parties. While 28 were lodged against the AAP, 36 were lodged against the BJP and 21 against the Congress.

On Monday, a BJP team sent a letter to the chief election commissioner, alleging that the AAP leaders, including chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MLA Md Amanatullah Khan, were diverting and misusing public money to appease a religious community.

First Published: May 08, 2019 05:35 IST

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