Srinagar: Nomination papers of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, caught in an age controversy, were Thursday cleared by the election authorities which rejected a complaint by AAP accusing him of submitting incorrect age.
Abdullah had in 2008 assembly polls mentioned his age as 66 in his nomination papers and now six years later he has put it at 77, Shahnawaz Sultan said in his complaint on behalf of Aam Admi Party candidate Raja Muzaffar Bhat.
Returning officer for the constituency Farooq Ahmad Shah held that the nomination papers of Abdullah were in order and rejected the complaint.
Reacting to the controversy, Abdullah said that in 2008 his age was mentioned as 66 in the state electoral roll.
“It was a clerical mistake which was cleared immediately after the polls. So as per the new electoral roll my correct age was mentioned,” Abdullah said.
Referring to the controversy, Abdullah, who is the joint candidate of National Conference and Congress alliance, said there was no controversy in the first place. “Please do not fish where there are no rivers,” he said.
Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) demanded cancellation of Abdullah’s candidature, alleging that he had given “misleading” information about his age to the Election Commission.
AAP filed a complaint to the Returning Officer for Srinagar parliamentary constituency in this regard.
The complaint, filed by chief election agent of the party for the constituency Shahnawaz Sultan, alleged that Abdullah declared his age as 66 years in an affidavit during the 2008 assembly elections, but has mentioned it as 77 years in an affidavit submitted along with his nomination papers for Lok Sabha elections on April 7 this year.
“It is requested that his (Abdullah’s) candidature may be cancelled for filing a misleading affidavit,” AAP demanded in its complaint.
Abdullah, father of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, is the candidate of the ruling National Conference (NC)- Congress alliance from the constituency.