05 may 2014
AAP Claims Kumar Vishwas’ Family Being Asked to Leave Amethi
Lucknow: Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, or the AAP, cried foul after Amethi district administration on Monday night reportedly asked the family of Kumar Vishwas, the fledgling party’s candidate from the high-profile constituency, to leave the district.
The district administration cited Election Commission rules to ask the AAP candidate’s wife, children and members of his extended family to move out of the constituency by 11 pm as they were not its “registered voters”. The AAP took to the social networking site, Twitter, to voice its indignation over the treatment meted out to Mr Vishwas’ family by the district authorities.
“Police at residence of @DrKumarVishwas in Amethi. Says will arrest her wife coz she is not a voter of Amethi (sic),” AAP tweeted. “District admin & police asks my wife and sisters to leave Amethi immediately at 11pm. Can they dare to ask the same to Priyanka G & congis? (sic),” Mr Vishwas said on the micro-blogging site.
The matter has now been referred to the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh. Sources in the Election Commission said that while the rules suggested that the district administration was within its right to ask all those who were not registered voters to leave the boundaries of a constituency in the interest of “free and fair voting”, it was eventually left to their discretion to take a call on the eviction of such elements.
Amethi, which goes to polls on Wednesday, is set to witness a high-profile contest, with Mr Vishwas and popular TV actor Smriti Irani of the BJP challenging Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has been representing the constituency since 2004.