BJP Looks For Fresh Guidelines
New Delhi: As the analysis of nomination papers finished on Monday, only Pratibha Patil and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat were left in the battle for the Presidential seat. The nomination papers of others were eliminated as they didn’t meet the obligatory conditions.
While battle by both gained momentum, allegations continued to pour in.
In a memorandum to the Election Commission, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) urged it to direct the nominees, through fresh guidelines, to disclose their assets and criminal record, if any.
But, the Congress commented that during the BJP didn’t make such request during 2002 Presidential and Vice-Presidential polls.
The Congress alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party was applying ‘cheap tricks’ cognizing completely well that nothing could be done at this phase even if the two prospects were to collectively agree to file revelations.
Abhishek Singhvi, a Congress spokesperson, “Even if the candidates were to attempt filing of disclosure statements of their assets and a record of any criminal complaint or charge sheet against them, under the present law, the returning officer cannot accept such statements.”