After waiting for 6 hours, Kejriwal files nomination for Delhi Assembly polls
New Delhi, Jan 21: On the final day of filing the nomination for the upcoming Delhi Assembly election on February 8, on Tuesday Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal was seen waiting to file his nomination, holding token number 45. He filed his nomination after waiting for over six hours.
Kejriwal said to PTI, "Waiting to file my nomination. My token no is 45. There are many people here to file nomination papers. Am so glad so many people participating in democracy."
Reportedly the party leaders claimed that 35 candidates within incomplete papers were insisting that they will not allow the CM to file unless their nominations are filed and saw a "conspiracy".
According to procedures, while nominations can be filed till 3 pm, candidates who have collected tokens to file their papers before the stipulated time are allowed to do so whenever their numbers arrive.
However, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said no matter how much the BJP conspires they will not be able to stop Kejriwal from filing his nomination.
Sisodia, tagging AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj's tweet who alleged that around 35 candidates were sitting at the office along with the chief minister without proper nomination papers or even 10 proposers, tweeted, "Your conspiracies will not yield any result."
Sisodia also added, "They (candidates) are insisting unless their papers are complete and they file their nominations, they won't allow CM to file nomination."
Reacting to Bhardwaj's tweet, Kejriwal wrote, "Doesn't matter. Many of them are filing for the first time. They are bound to make mistakes. We also made mistakes the first time. We should handhold them. I am enjoying waiting with them. They are all part of my family."
The national capital will go to polls on February 8 and counting will take place on February 11. BJP has fielded Sunil Yadav, while Congress has fielded Romesh Sabharwal against Kejriwal.