Discrepancies in election nomination paper of Azam’s son: Report sent to Election Commission
The Election Commission ordered the fact checking exercise following a complaint filed by Akash Saxena, son of former MLA of Swar Shiv Bahadur Saxena.lucknow Updated: Aug 11, 2017 14:12 IST
The district magistrate of Rampur has found several discrepancies in the election nomination paper filed by Abdullah Azam Khan, son of senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan and current MLA from Swar constituency of the district .
“The district administration scrutinised the facts on the directions of the Election Commission of India. The report of the findings has been sent to the Election Commission ,” said district magistrate of Rampur Shiv Sahay Awasthi. HT has a copy of the report.
The Election Commission ordered the fact checking exercise following a complaint filed by Akash Saxena, son of former MLA of Swar Shiv Bahadur Saxena.
In his complaint against Abdullah, Saxena mentioned over 10 discrepancies in the election nomination form filed by the latter in the recent state election. The commission ordered the district administration to look into seven of these.
The discrepancies cross-checked by the district administration include issues from income to details of income tax return but the one which can cause maximum trouble is the discrepancy in Abdullah’s date of birth.
According to Saxena’s complaint, the actual date of birth of Abdullah Azam Khan is January 1, 1993 according to the PAN card issued in his name in August 2013. But in the nomination paper, Abdullah mentioned his date of birth as September 30, 1990. This, according to the complainant, was done to qualify for the minimum age requirement (25 years) for contesting MLA ‘s election.
The district magistrate, in his examination, has found the complaint to be correct. “Abdullah has presented two PAN cards with different dates of birth. We have mentioned this in the report,” said the DM.
Several other discrepancies have also been found by the district magistrate.
Meanwhile, in a written statement, Abdullah Azam Khan has criticised the district administration for the report. “The district administration is acting like the agent of the BJP. All information provided by me in the nomination form is correct,” reads Abdullah’s statement.
First Published: Aug 11, 2017 14:12 IST