New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday directed East Delhi Returning Officer to file an FIR against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, for ‘holding a rally in East Delhi without permission’.  Gambhir, a Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate from East Delhi Lok Sabha seat had not taken permission for his rally on April 25 in Delhi’s Jangpura, violating the model code of conduct, the Election Commission said.

The development comes days after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from East Delhi, Atishi Marlena filed a criminal complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency, violating the Representation of the People Act (RPA).

The AAP leader claimed that Gambhir is a registered voter in Karol Bagh as well as Rajinder Nagar.  “First, discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs. Now, FIR for illegal rally. My question to @GautamGambhir:  When you don’t know the rules, why play the game? (sic),” the AAP leader had tweeted, taking dig at the cricketer.

Earlier Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj had urged people not to vote for Gambhir. “People should know that the votes going to Gambhir will be wasted as his candidature will be disqualified sooner or later,” Bhardwaj said.

All the seven Lok Sabha seats of the capital including East Delhi, will vote in the sixth phase of national elections on May 12. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.