THE Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Mumbai North-West constituency, Mayank Gandhi, has lodged a complaint seeking disqualification of sitting MP and Congress candidate Gurudas Kamat, based on allegations that the latter has fielded a ‘dummy candidate’ in violation of the model code of conduct.
The complaint, filed with the returning officer of the area, says Pratik Toraskar, a former Congress party worker, has been ‘propped up’ as an Independent.
“Dummy candidates are fielded either so that the party candidate split the votes of his rivals, to show his expenses as that of the dummy’s or to get the dummy candidate to make allegations about a rival candidate. We have submitted several documents to the returning officer to show that Toraskar was a Congress worker,” said Gandhi.
Dismissing the allegations as ‘frivolous’, Kamat said in a press statement, “As a serious contesting candidate, confident of winning a sixth term, one really does not have the time to do anything else but campaign. That the AAP candidate has so much time is surprising and proves the non-serious approach.”