Review says not out: Sehwag’s sister will bat for Cong in MCD polls

Cricketer Virender Sehwag’s sister Anju Mehrwal will contest the MCD polls as a Congress candidate from Dakshinpuri Extension,a ward reserved for women.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2012 1:27:17 am

Cricketer Virender Sehwag’s sister Anju Mehrwal will contest the MCD polls as a Congress candidate from Dakshinpuri Extension,a ward reserved for women.

The party decision,taken after several revisions of its tickets list,came at the cost of Manju Mehrwal,who will now contest as an independent against Anju.

Manju’s secretary Chandrabhan claimed that earlier she had been allotted the party ticket from the ward,but the last-minute change was effected by the party high command as Anju is the sister of a “famous cricketer”.

“Manju was given the letter by the Congress to contest elections from Dakshinpuri Extension on Monday at 2 pm. Anju,too,was given a similar letter. The names were changed in the second list issued by the party. This has been done because she is the sister of Virender Sehwag. Manju has been a party worker,while Anju has never been associated  with the party in anyway. We will not withdraw our nomination,’’ said Chandrabhan.

Sehwag is expected to help briefly during his sister’s campaign.

Anju (35) is a Hindi teacher at Laxman Public School,and a mother of two. She moved from Najafgarh to Madangiri (part of Dakshinpuri ward) in 2000 after her marriage to Ravinder Singh,a contractor.

Her brother-in-law Pushpender Singh said: “I do not know much about this issue,but she has been given a ticket and has filed her nomination. The mix-up of names could have been a clerical error. She filed her nomination as Anju Sehwag and not Anju Mehrwal.’’

The State Election Commission said Anju was the only Congress candidate from Dakshinpuri Extension.

Meanwhile,a day after the filing of nominations closed,candidates who could not submit their papers complained that they had been left out “unfairly”.

Many such candidates visited the State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday.

As per the SEC,if prima facie malafide intention on the part of officials is found,only then “re-nomination” may be considered.

A Congress rebel candidate from Kashmere Gate,Inder Kumar Gulati,said he wasn’t allowed to file nominations as he was pushed out.

Another independent candidate from Amar Colony ward came in tears claiming she was on her way to file her nomination when her neighbour,who was accompanying her,complained of chest pain and she had to rush him to the hospital.

“By the time she returned to the returning officer’s office,it was 3.15 pm and the deadline for filing nominations was

3 pm,’’ said an official.

State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said for all cases,where candidates claimed that they were prevented from filing nominations “unfairly’’,video clips would be referred to. This will establish if there were obstructions during filing of papers.

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