Delhi High Court knocked for for quashing election of CM, Bharti by BJP leaders

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Arvind KejriwalIt is alleged in the petitions that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Law Minister Somnath Bharti exceeded the poll expense limit of Rs. 14 lakh.

NEW DELHI, JAN 21- Two BJP leaders on Tuesday filed separate petitions in the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the election of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleague Somnath Bharti on the ground that they both exceeded the poll expense limit of Rs. 14 lakh.

Former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta and former Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra, who lost to Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Bharti respectively in the recent Assembly polls, have filed the pleas under a provision of the Representation of People Act relating to disqualification of a lawmaker.

They contended that Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Bharti told the poll panel that they incurred Rs. 4 and 5 lakh respectively in their election campaign.

“If we add these expenses with the cost incurred in holding musical concert at Jantar Mantar on November 23, 2013, it is proved that they spent more than Rs. 14 lakh each in their election campaign,” Ms. Mehra told reporters outside the Delhi High Court premises.

Mr. Gupta and Ms. Mehra, who contested from New Delhi and Malviya Nagar constituencies respectively, have submitted that the Election Commission has computed the cost of holding the concert ‘Gunj’ at Rs. 40 lakh and if it is equally divided amongst three AAP candidates, including Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Bharti – who organised the event, and then added to their whole expense, a clear cut case of disqualification is made out.

Moreover, the computation of cost done by the Commission has not been challenged within the stipulated 30 days and thus, it has attained finality, the petitions said.

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