Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal is anxiously waiting for his turn in a crowded room on the last day of filing of his nomination papers for the Delhi elections. The Delhi CM missed filing his papers yesterday, having been delayed by his massive roadshow.
A large number of independent candidates without proper nomination papers or enough proposers were refusing to let the Delhi chief minister file his papers. Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed around 35 candidates were causing the delay.
"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," Kejriwal tweeted at 2. 36 pm while the deadline is 3 pm.
Kejriwal fights elections from New Delhi Assembly seat
Kejriwal reached the office of the Returning Officer (RO) at the Jamnagar House here to file his nominations today. On Tuesday, he arrived early at the RO office, accompanied by his family, including parents, and party leaders Pankaj Gupta and Gopal Mohan.
Kejriwal is fighting elections from the New Delhi Assembly seat.
"The journey for the next five years starts from here. Like the good work that has happened in Delhi, I hope in the next five years also there will be good work," he said while talking to the media before filing his nomination papers.
He said: "Parties are forming an alliance in Delhi against the AAP, in an unprecedented move."
"The BJP, Congress and many other parties have come together... the LJP, JJP, JD(U) and RJD. For the first time there is such a coalition in Delhi. All these parties only have one aim: 'defeat Kejriwal'.
"And I have only one aim, how to end corruption and take Delhi forward. They are saying 'defeat Kejriwal', I am saying make schools better, hospitals better, give electricity. Their only aim is to defeat Kejriwal," the AAP chief added.
There was a huge crowd of candidates at the SDM office since morning as Tuesday was the last date for filing nomination.
The supporters of other candidates accused the police of giving "VIP treatment" to the Chief Minister. Kejriwal faced protest from the candidates and their supporters contesting against him at the RO office.