Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders have to respond to the Delhi Chief Electoral officer by Saturday 5 pm for accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from North West Delhi of converting to Islam and ineligible contest the election. The report will be reviewed and sent to Election commission.
The Delhi CEO sought the reply of Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and others for accusing Hans Raj Hans, the BJP candidate from NW Delhi of converting to Islam in 2014 and claiming that he is ineligible to contest the elections as the seat is reserved for Schedule Caste (SC) category.
On Thursday, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Hans should be declared ineligible for the candidature and urged the NW Delhi voters to not waste their votes on him. The same day, Gautam cited the news reports that claimed the religion changed by Hans and that he did not disclose this information while filing the nomination for the reserved seat.
BJP leader Vijendra Gupta and Hans Raj Hans filed a complaint to the chief electoral officer against the accusation of AAP leaders. The CEO sought replies from the chief minister, Gautam, and Singh, who are fighting against the Hans Raj Hans for the reserved SC seat.
Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP spokesperson said that the news of Han converting to Islam was in media and he said that the law claims that after the conversion to Islam the person cannot enjoy the benefits of caste-based reservation as Islam has no provisions fo caste system. And thus, Hans cannot contest the Lok Sabha elections. He also added, “The ineligibility of Hans is not just a personal manipulation but it is also depriving the SC community of their constitutional rights.”
Hans Raj Hans is fighting the North West Delhi constituency on BJP ticket. He is pitted against Rajesh Lithoia of Congress and Gugan Singh of the AAP.
Delhi will witness polling on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12. The result for the 17th Lok Sabha will be announced on May 23.