New Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Sunday hit back at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from East Delhi, Atishi, over allegations of him holding two voter-ID cards.
“When you don’t have a vision and have done nothing in the last 4.5 years, you make such allegations, EC will decide this. When you have a vision you don’t do such negative politics,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The development came two days after a Delhi court said it will hear on May 1 the complaint Gambhir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from East Delhi.
The complaint has alleged that Gambhir, the East Delhi BJP candidate, has enrolled “deliberately” and “illegally” as voter in at least two separate constituencies here — Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar.
Complainant Atishi, who is the AAP candidate from the same constituency, has said in the complaint that the details of Gambhir’s registration in the constituencies were available online on the Election Commission’s National Voters’ Service Portal.
The complaint has sought directions to the Delhi police to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the RPA, 1950, and section 125A (penalty for filing false affidavit) of RPA, 1951.
Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission (EC) directed East Delhi Returning Officer to file an FIR against 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 poll body had said.
Both Atishi and Gambhir filed earlier this week their nominations papers for the elections on May 12. Delhi will go to the polls on May 12. The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on May 23.