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Surat Congress Candidates’ Nomination Papers Rejected

Surat Congress Candidates’ Nomination Papers Rejected

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NEW DELHI, Apr 21: The Congress will have no candidate for the Surat Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat after the nomination papers of its nominee Nilesh Kumbhani and his dummy were rejected on affidavits filed by his three proposers to the district election officer claiming that they had not signed his nomination form.

The District Election Officer (DEO) Sourabh Pardhi on Sunday rejected the nomination of the Congress candidate on the ground that his three proposers failed to turn up before the DEO to support his nomination form. Also, the nomination papers of the substitute candidate of the party has also been rejected on the same ground that the proposers have denied having signed the form.

The leaders of the opposition party have alleged that the proposers were “kidnapped” by the ruling party with the help of the Police and state machinery in order to get the candidate out of the race.

The DEO had on Saturday sought a reply from Nilesh Kumbhani and gave him time ill 11 AM on Sunday to file his reply after his three proposers claimed that they had not signed his nomination form. The sole proposer of Suresh Padsala, who was Congress’ alternative candidate from Surat, also denied that he signed the nomination form, prompting Gujarat Congress chief Shaktisinh Gohil to allege that the ruling BJP was trying to get his party’s candidates invalidated.

“Proposers of main candidate (Kumbhani) and the substitute (Padsala) have denied having signed the papers. We have been given time till 11 a.m. on Sunday before the final order is passed. The party will submit a detailed argument,” Congress spokesperson Naishad Desai said.

Mr Kumbhani said his proposers Ramesh Polara, Jagdish Savaliya and Dhuvin Dhameliya were unreachable at the moment, but he would contact them soon. AAP leader Gopal Italia alleged that Mr Kumbhani’s proposers had been kidnapped, and said a complaint had been registered with police. “They were pressurised to submit affidavits denying they had signed the nomination forms,” he claimed.

Congress and AAP are contesting the elections in Gujarat in alliance. Congress has fielded candidates on 24 out of 26 seats, while AAP is contesting Bhavnagar and Bharuch. Mr Gohil said the party took all care to ensure there were no errors in the nomination forms of its candidates.

“Despite this, the BJP raised objections in 14 places. In Surat, the BJP feared that Congress would win, so they used police to put pressure on the proposers to file affidavits about not having signed the forms,” Mr Gohil alleged.

“All four proposers, three of the main candidate and another of the substitute candidate, have made similar claims,” he said, adding that Congress will move the High Court and Supreme Court over the issue.

The BJP’s Bhavnagar candidate Nimuben Bambhaniya claimed that there was a discrepancy in the income details in the affidavit filed by her AAP rival during the 2022 assembly election and the information in his present affidavit. He also did not fully disclose his education qualifications, she said in her complaint.

In Amreli, BJP’s Ravu Khuman alleged that the Congress candidate did not disclose full details of her property in her affidavit. “We have submitted our objection and it is for the officer to decide,” he said.

(Manas Dasgupta)



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