The AAP has fielded Preeti Tomar from the Tri Nagar seat, replacing her husband Jitender Singh Tomar, whose election was recently set aside by the Delhi High Court over false declaration of educational qualifications in his nomination papers in 2015.
Tomar held the post of the Law Minister till his education qualifications came under the scanner. A party leader confirmed the move, saying the leadership asked him to step aside after the court verdict. Preeti filed her nomination papers on Monday.
A BJP delegation led by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had earlier met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora seeking the cancellation of Tomar’s candidature from the Tri Nagar seat, which he had won in 2015 by a margin of over 22,000 votes against BJP’s Nand Kishore Garg.
When contacted, Tomar said, “I don’t want to contest the polls. I conveyed my position to the party leadership who accepted my suggestion regarding my wife replacing me. I want to work for the organisation.”
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