The Election Commission, on Saturday, announced bypolls for three Delhi constituencies which had fallen vacant after the MLAs were elected to the parliament in the 2014 general elections.
The constituencies, Mehrauli, Tuglaqabad and Krishna Nagar, will go to polls on November 25, the EC said. Sitting MLAs from these constituencies — Parvesh Sahib Singh, Ramesh Bidhuri and Harsh Vardhan — were elected to the Lok Sabha.
Despite the Delhi Assembly being suspended, the EC has decided to fill these vacancies.
The last date for filing nominations for the bypolls is November 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidacy is November 10. Counting will be held on December 23 along with Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, officials said.
The EC has also decided to use EVMs in all polling stations. Officials said adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available and steps are being taken to ensure that the polls go smoothly.
Voter’s identification has been made mandatory and “electoral photo identity card” is the main document of identification for voters, an official said.
The commission has stated that the model code of conduct shall come into force with immediate effect “in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the assembly constituency going for by-polls is included, and shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the state government concerned.”
Meanwhile, both the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress said bypolls in Delhi clearly indicated that BJP was “scared” to dissolve the Assembly and hold fresh elections. “Despite tall claims of ‘Modi wave’, why is BJP scared of calling elections?”AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Kejriwal accuses BJP of fudging voters’ list
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal accused the BJP of trying to manipulate voters’ list in Delhi. He alleged that the BJP has promised people Rs 1,500 for “one fake vote” and Rs 200 to get any “vote for AAP” deleted. “A top BJP leader directed all Delhi BJP MLAs to get at least 5,000 fake votes from each constituency and get AAP votes deleted.
This information was given by someone who did this job for BJP last week. We are meeting EC officials on Monday to make a formal complaint,” Kejriwal tweeted on Friday.