With Delhi Assembly election around the corner, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is all set to replace its party leader Jitender Singh Tomar. Instead of Tomar, his wife, Preeti Tomar will be contesting from Tri Nagar constituency. In July 2015, the Delhi Police arrested Tomar in the fake degree case. However, he subsequently managed to secure bail.
New Delhi: Preeti Tomar, wife of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former state minister Jitender Singh Tomar, will replace him as the candidate from Tri Nagar for the upcoming Delhi Assembly election.
This comes after the Delhi high court quashed the election of Jitender Singh Tomar from Tri Nagar Assembly constituency in 2015 for wrongly mentioning his educational qualification in the election affidavit.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw had allowed the petition filed by BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg challenging 2015 Tri Nagar Assembly election result.
Garg had sought setting aside the result of the election declaring the AAP candidate as the winner. Garg had alleged that the election had been "materially affected by deliberate concealment, misrepresentation, wrong declaration and wilful suppression of the educational qualification in the affidavit filed along with the nomination form by Tomar".
In 2013 and 2015, Jitendra Singh Tomar contested from Tri Nagar seat. In 2013, the AAP leader lost by around 2800 votes, while in 2015 he won by about 22,000 votes.
Later, Tomar was made law minister in the Delhi government in 2015. But in July 2015, the Delhi Police arrested Tomar in the fake degree case. However, he subsequently managed to secure bail.
Delhi Assembly Polls will be held on February 8, while the counting of votes will take place on February 11.
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