On the last day of filing nominations from New Delhi assembly constituency, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, holding the token number 45, waited for over six hours to file his nomination.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said Kejriwal has filed his nomination at around 6.30 pm.
The delay, which was caused due to the inconsistencies in the papers filed by independent candidates, had led Aam Aadmi Party leaders to blame the BJP for'hatching a conspiracy'.
Bharadwaj had earlier alleged that 35 candidates with incomplete papers were insisting that they would not allow Kejriwal to file unless their nominations are filed. Bharadwaj said it was a "conspiracy" hatched by the BJP.
Doesn’t matter. Many of them r filing for the first time. They r bound to make mistakes. We also made mistakes the first time. We shud hand hold them. I am enjoying waiting wid them. They r all part of my family. https://t.co/9s8hRDnjSU— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 21, 2020
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said "no matter how much the BJP conspires they will not be able to stop Kejriwal from filing his nomination".
However, Kejriwal, quoted the tweet of his party member and said that "it does not matter".
"Doesn’t matter. Many of them r filing for the first time. They r bound to make mistakes. We also made mistakes the first time. We shud hand hold them. I am enjoying waiting wid them. They r all part of my family," Kejriwal tweeted.
According to the procedure, while nominations can be filed till 3 pm, candidates who have collected tokens to file their papers before the stipulated time are allowed to do so whenever their numbers arrive.
Kejriwal was going to file his nomination Monday afternoon but due to a delay in the roadshow, he was unable to do it.
Delhi goes to polls on February 8 and counting will take place on February 11. BJP has fielded Sunil Yadav against Kejriwal while Congress has fielded Romesh Sabharwal.