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Arvind Kejriwal

On Tuesday, the last day of nominations for the Delhi election, Arvind Kejriwal waited for more than six hours at the election office.

He arrived with his family in the afternoon and left when it was dark out, due to a long queue of candidates who suddenly came to file their own nominations in the final hours.

On Monday, Arvind Kejriwal missed filing his papers, having been delayed by his roadshow in the capital.

66 candidates showed up to file their nomination at Jamnagar House. Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the BJP of sending more than 40 of them just to block him.

“Waiting to file my nomination. My token no is 45. There are many people here to file nomination papers. Am so glad so many people participating in democracy,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted at 2.36 pm.

“BJP planted 45 people in the line before Arvind Kejriwal. The Election Commission is deliberately giving each candidate half an hour or one hour…even those whose papers are not complete or those who don’t have proposers,” tweeted Mr Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia.

“BJP people, do whatever you want, you cannot stop Kejriwal from filing his nomination or from becoming chief minister for their time. Your conspiracy will not succeed,” Mr Sisodia also tweeted.

The Delhi Election Office later in the evening said there was no deliberate delay on their part. “For one candidate minimum of 30 to 35 minutes are taken to check nomination papers. Being the last day of nomination there was a huge rush of candidates for filing nomination,” it said.

On Monday, he took out a mega-roadshow on his way to file his papers and missed the deadline.

“I was told I’ll have to file my nomination, but I said how can I leave them (his supporters at the roadshow) and go? I’ll go to file the nomination tomorrow,” Mr Kejriwal had told reporters on Monday.

The Chief Minister began his roadshow from Valmiki Mandir and drove through the New Delhi Constituency surrounded by AAP supporters waving brooms, the party symbol.

Delhi will vote on February 8 and the results will be declared on February 11.


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