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Claim of AAP candidate's son triggers controversy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A fresh row erupted on the eve of polling in after the son of AAP's West candidate on Saturday claimed that he paid Rs 6 crore to to contest Lok Sabha polls, but denied it saying he was lying and that they had estranged ties.

Uday Jakhar, the son of the AAP's West candidate, claimed that his father paid Rs 6 crore to Kejriwal to contest the election.

However, Balbir Singh Jakhar, in a press conference, denied it saying his son has never stayed with him and he was lying. He said after his divorce, his son stayed with his maternal grandparents and asserted that the move might be "politically motivated".

As soon as the press conference was about to start, three policemen entered the headquarters at ITO and told functionaries to stop the event, but they did not pay heed. After this, the cops tried to video record the proceedings but they were not allowed inside and the door was shut.

A senior police said they came to know about the press conference, following which they went to the premises to caution functionaries that they cannot hold a press conference during the 48-hour silence period prior to polling as it is a violation of the model code of conduct.

The said they have informed the (EC) about the developments.

Asserting that there was no violation of the code of conduct, the party said it had covered its symbol and had made no appeal to vote but just gave a clarification.

The AAP also contended that the police should have brought an official order from the EC that the press conference cannot take place.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 18:11 IST