LS polls: Mehbooba files fresh nomination after bank account controversy

Shabir Ahmad
Anantnag: Opposition PDP president and the party’s candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency, Mehbooba Mufti, on Friday filed fresh nomination papers for the seat after she had allegedly failed to produce her bank account details while filing papers earlier this week.
Mehbooba’s arch rival and the sitting MP from National Conference Mehboob Beg had lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that she had submitted fraud bank documents with the papers she had filed on Tuesday.
Mehbooba while filing her nomination papers on Tuesday had to face embarrassment after she could not produce election expenditure account before the Election Officer. It had taken her hours to arrange the details. The Aam Aadmi Party candidate Tanveer Maqbool Dar who had to file his nomination papers that day had to wait and fume outside the office of the Returning Officer.
On Friday, Mehbooba again appeared at the office of the Returning Officer and filed her nomination papers afresh. She maintained that she did not want to create any confusion or take any chance.
Speaking to reporters, Mehbooba said, “I had produced details of my account with the Cooperative Bank along with the first set of papers. Since the official work in the banks as per RBI guidelines remains suspended on March 30 and 31, I have now decided to submit the fresh set of papers. I did not want to take any chance or create any kind of confusion. There was nothing wrong with my first set of papers too.”
However, Mehbooba’s arch rival, Mehboob Beg, questioned the filling of her nomination papers afresh and termed it as a “fraud”.
“The banks were closed officially on that day. So one wonders how she managed the account from Cooperative Bank. If she was confident that there was nothing wrong with her first account why she opted for producing the fresh one,” Beg said, adding the move “amounts to fraud and crime.”
“I have registered a complaint before Chief Election Commissioner, Chief Electoral Officer and the Returning Officer, Anantnag,” Beg said.