The nomination of Shweta Sharma, a candidate of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), from Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha seat was rejected on Tuesday. Poll officers said she was unable to find 10 mandatory proposers.
New Delhi: The nomination of Shweta Sharma, a candidate of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), from Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha seat was rejected on Tuesday. Poll officers said she was unable to find 10 mandatory proposers.
For any candidate that participates from a regional party or one that is not nationally recognised, ten mandatory proposers are required.
District Magistrate and returning officer Brajesh Singh has said, "She said in her nomination papers that she is a candidate from the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP is not a recognised regional party in Uttar Pradesh. It is not recognised as a national party by the Election Commission as well. It is recognised in Delhi though. This was a flaw in her claim". He further added that only one proposer is needed in the case of a recognised party.
The polls in Gautam Buddh Nagar will be held on April 11 in the first phase of the seven-phased election.
"The nomination process was allowed till 3 pm of March 25. Today the nominations were scrutinised and the candidate was told to bring any document, a court order or directive, to substantiate her claim, but she came up with none and had only one proposer. The decision (to reject her nomination) was taken on this basis," Mr Singh added.
The Aam Admi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal, is in power in Delhi and had announced three candidates in Uttar Pradesh last week. With Sharma's nomination cancelled, AAP will be fighting only in Saharanpur and Aligarh.
Kishan Pal Singh who had been fielded from AAP in 2014 had won only 2.70% of the total votes from the Gautam Budd Nagar seat.
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Last Updated Apr 1, 2019, 3:44 PM IST