Delhi 2020

Charge, counter charge continue on polling day in Delhi

BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi climb on her car to address the supporters after casting her vote, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi climb on her car to address the supporters after casting her vote, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma  

If the campaign for Delhi Assembly elections was a high decibel one and at times unsavoury, polling day was no different with the main contenders, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, trading charges against each other.

The charges ranged from bribery and intimidation of voters to even assault on volunteers of the two parties.

The AAP even approached the Election Commission and complained against the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, Kiran Bedi, for allegedly violating the poll code.

The AAP alleged that Ms Bedi walked around with her supporters in Krishna Nagar, her constituency, which amounted to campaigning.

The first salvo was fired by Ms. Bedi, who charged that AAP volunteers were trying to influence voters by threatening women and offering bribes of Rs. 300 to voters.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, without naming the BJP, urged voters to remain wary of those distributing money and liquor to influence voters.

The former Delhi Chief Minister was more specific when he accused the BJP candidate from Mangolpuri of carrying liquor bottles in his car and demanded that his candidature be cancelled.

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Printable version | Aug 6, 2020 8:33:20 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/elections/delhi-assembly/bedi-has-violated-model-code-aap-to-ec/article6868856.ece

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