The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a setback on Wednesday as nominations of some of its candidates, including the one contesting from Abul Fazal Enclave, were rejected by the election commission as reported by national dailies.
This only means that the party’s candidate Jamal Haidar (Abul Fazal Enclave) would not be contesting and most probably now the party is looking for a back up candidate.
The HT reported that BJP lost candidate in 4 wards; 1 Cong, 4 JDU nominations also rejected.
A senior BJP leader said the party may now support independent contestants on these seats.
Whose nominations from the BJP that got rejected by the returning officers are: Sanju Bala (Bapraula), Jamal Haidar (Abul Fazal Enclave), Monika Chhabra (Kishan Ganj), and Ravinder Negi (East Vinod Nagar).
“The party managed to retain four wards as the papers of covering candidates were found to be correct. The series of cancellation of candidatures certainly raises question mark on those who were monitoring nomination process. This is not normal particularly in East Vinod Nagar ward where the application of proxy contestant was also disallowed. We can’t rule out sabotage,” a party leader said as reported by HT.
Following the development, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has decided to set up an enquiry into the matter.