AAP, BJP spar as EC asks cops to probe ‘calls’ to vot­ers

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New Delhi: The of­fice of the Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer (CEO) has writ­ten to Delhi Po­lice com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik to in­ves­ti­gate the “mis­lead­ing calls” be­ing made to Del­hi­ites re­gard­ing their names be­ing deleted from the elec­toral roll and that the call­ers are try­ing to get them re­stored. The elec­tion of­fi­cer also en­closed the com­plaints re­ceived by his of­fice.

“Prima fa­cie, it ap­pears the mat­ter needs to be in­ves­ti­gated so that the fac­tual cor­rect­ness of the aver­ments made in the afore­men­tioned com­plaints are as­cer­tained and nec­es­sary ac­tion un­der rel­e­vant ex­tant laws is taken,” the elec­tion of­fi­cer said in the com­plaint, a copy of which has also been marked to Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia.

The CEO’s com­plaint to po­lice trig­gered yet an­other war of words be­tween BJP and AAP lead­ers with Union min­is­ter Vi­jay Goel de­mand­ing CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal’s res­ig­na­tion. “@Arvin­dKe­jri­wal must re­sign af­ter the Press Re­lease of @Ceodel­hiOf­fice re­quest­ing the Com­mis­sioner of Delhi Po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter of mis­lead­ing call to the cit­i­zens of Delhi that their names have been deleted,” Goel tweeted.

Re­spon­s­ing to this, Ke­jri­wal tweeted: “Ur ECs shud re- sign for con­vert­ing EC into BJP of­fice. Shame­ful Modi ji has sub­verted ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion. We will not al­low BJP to suc­ceed in its con­spir­a­cies.” He added in Hindi: “Po­lice are yours, EC is yours — Don’t make them to this wrong and dirty job. This coun­try is much big­ger than any in­di­vid­ual or a (political) party.”

The CEO of Delhi of­fice had, on Satur­day, is­sued an ad­vi­sory cau­tion­ing peo­ple against the “mis­lead­ing calls” claim­ing dele­tion of their names, which had turned into a political slugfest be­tween BJP and AAP lead­ers.

The CEO of­fice had ad­vised peo­ple to check the sta­tus of their en­rol­ment by call­ing the vot­ers’ helpline (1950) or re­fer­ring to the na­tional vot­ers’ ser­vice por­tal (nvsp.in). of cheat­ing. Bansal had been ar­rested by CBI in 2006.

DCP (south) Vi­jay Ku­mar said that the Bansals would lure peo­ple to in­vest in fake and in­com­plete hous­ing projects and flee with the money. Vinod had also taken loans from sev­eral banks and fi­nance com­pa­nies, but de­faulted in re­pay­ing them. He had also

WAR OF WORDS: Ke­jri­wal, Goel

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