The BJP has come under considerable embarrassment after it emerged that a candidate, projected to be as a slum resident, was in fact a crorepati.
The Delhi BJP president, Manoj Tiwari had recently named Sunita Kaushik as party candidate after he met her during MCD poll campaign as a part of which he used to stay at slums in night with an aim to extend BJP’s support base in AAPs strongholds. Devi will contest MCD election from Inderpuri ward.
Later, her election affidavit revealed that she had two houses and jewellery worth around Rs 90 lakh.
Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday launched a blistering attack against the BJP.
AAP’s Delhi convener, Dilip Pandey said, “The information that has come to light is shocking. Tiwari gave ticket to a millionaire while pretending that a slum-dweller was being given the opportunity. While it is not wrong to have a millionaire as a candidate but in this case it was a mere stunt.”
The AAP used the opportunity to take aim at Tiwari’s attempts to woo the poorvanchali population, mainly residents of slum clusters and unauthorised colonies.
“He does not understand the pain of the slum-dwellers or those living in unauthorised colonies. The allegations of BJPs grassroots-level workers are proving to be true that crores were exchanged in ticket distribution,” he said.
In an affidavit submitted to the State Election Commission along with her nomination, Sunita disclosed she owned two buildings measuring 720 square feet and 553 square feet whose market price is Rs 50 lakh and Rs 32 lakh respectively.
Her husband, Shashi Bhushan, also owns property worth Rs 10 lakh. The couple also possess jewellery and bullion worth Rs 7 lakh. Sunitas share in it is worth Rs 6 lakh.
MCD elections are scheduled to be held later this month.
(With PTI inputs)