Maharashtra Assembly election 2019: Congress demands rejection of CM Fadnavis’ nomination
The Congress has fielded Ashish Deshmukh against Devendra Fadnavis this time. Deshmukh was elected from the Katol seat from BJP in the year 2014. However, he had resigned from the party in October last year.
The Congress party has demanded from the Election Commission to reject Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ nomination from Nagpur South West over an error in an affidavit for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. The party has alleged that the date of the notary seal on it expired in December last year.
Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh said the seal on the affidavit stated that the notary, a person authorized to work in legal matters of seeing signatures on documents, expired on December 28, 2018.
Deshmukh said that the concerned Returning Officer (RO) Shekhar Ghadge should have rejected the form as well as Fadnavis's candidature. But the officer, he said, failed to do so.
Accusing the government's pressure of inaction, the Congress leader demanded the Supreme Court's decision to reject Fadnavis's nomination letter, citing the Supreme Court's decision. Devendra Fadnavis had filed his nomination papers as a BJP candidate on Friday. He is seeking re-election from the Nagpur South West seat.
This time the Congress fielded Deshmukh against Fadnavis. Deshmukh was elected to the Katol seat from the BJP in 2014. However, he resigned from the party in October last year. Deshmukh is a strong supporter of the demand for a separate state. Meanwhile, the BJP has dismissed the allegation and said it was a mistake on part of the notary. “The date (28-12-2018) mentioned on the seal of the notary is true. The notary had not changed his seal and stamped on the papers. The notary has valid extension letter till 28-12-2023,” party leader Sandip Joshi said.
Source: Financial Express