New Delhi: The affidavit submitted by BJP leader V Muraleedharan while filing his nomination papers for contesting in the Rajya Sabha election has a major discrepancy. It has been pointed out that an error in the affidavit regarding the Income Tax returns filed by Muraleedharan could invite rejection of his nomination.
The Kerala leader is contesting to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra.
When fielded as the BJP’s candidate from Kazhakkoottam during the 2016 Assembly elections, Muraleedharan had submitted an affidavit which said that he had paid Rs 3,97,558 while filing his income tax returns for 2004-2005. However, the BJP leader’s affidavit for the Rajya Sabha poll says he has not paid any income tax.
According to election commission rules, withholding any information by candidates could invite punitive action. Comparing both affidavits filed by him, the commission has grounds to reject Muraleedharan’s papers over deliberately not disclosing details regarding his income tax returns.