That Awkward Age: Election Affidavits of Bihar Netas Throw up Some Startling Discrepancies – Information18

Bihar deputy chief minister Tarkishore Prasad grew by 12 years in a five-year interval between 2015 and 2020, as per ballot affidavits he submitted to the Election Fee.

In his 2015 ballot affidavit, the four-term Katihar MLA had acknowledged his age as 52. Nonetheless, within the simply concluded meeting polls, he talked about himself to be 64 years outdated. In his debut electoral battle in 2005, Prasad in his ballot affidavit had reportedly talked about that he was 48 years outdated, which elevated by only one 12 months to 49 in his 2010 election affidavit.

“My date of beginning is January 5, 1956. It’s talked about in my matriculation certificates and I stand by it. So far as election affidavits are involved, there might have been clerical errors in calculating my age,” Tarkishore Prasad was quoted saying by a Kolkata day by day.

Prasad isn’t alone; as many as a dozen candidates with discrepancies of their declared ages have come to gentle.

Take the case of the RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav. In response to his ballot affidavit, he’s older by a 12 months to his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav.

Tejashwi, who submitted his ballot affidavit for the Raghopur meeting seat, has declared his age as 31 years. However, elder brother Tej Pratap, who contested from Hasanpur, declared his age as 30 years.

Within the 2015 meeting polls too, Tej Pratap Yadav had declared his age as 25 years whereas an affidavit filed by his youthful brother Tejashwi confirmed him as finishing 26 years.

At the moment the BJP had urged the Election Fee to probe Tejashwi Yadav’s papers.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar’s former minister Jai Kumar Singh is one other instance. Contesting in 2015 from the Dinara meeting seat in Rohtas district, he talked about his age as 46 within the ballot affidavit. Nonetheless, within the newest 2020 ballot affidavit, he declared himself as a 56-year-old contestant, i.e., an increase of 10 years in a span of 5 years.

RJD candidate and runner-up from Bhojpur district’s Barhara seat, Saroj Yadav’s case is extra baffling. He turned youthful by three years between 2015 and 2020. In his 2015 affidavit, he talked about that he had accomplished 33 years, whereas in his newest affidavit he says that he’s simply 30 years outdated.

Dr Nikki Hembram, BJP’s candidate and now MLA from Katoria (reserved) seat, has not aged a bit up to now 5 years, as per her ballot affidavit. In 2015 she talked about her age as 42 years, which has remained the identical in her newest 2020 ballot affidavit.

Ramanand Mandal, JD(U) candidate and runner-up from Suryagarha seat in Lakhisarai district, and Gyanendra Singh, BJP candidate and winner from Barh constituency, too, have age discrepancies of their ballot affidavits.

“How can an individual neglect his date and 12 months of beginning?” questions Rajiv Kumar, Bihar state coordinator for the Affiliation for Democratic Reforms (ADR). “If she or he can not bear in mind his or her date of beginning, it simply reveals one in every of two things- both she or he is careless or just thinks of themselves to be above the legislation.”

In lots of instances, advocates for the candidates fill the affidavit and so they merely signal over it with out even going by it, feels Kumar, who performed a key function in analysing these information.

Kumar is backed by Prof Trilochan Sastry, the chairman of ADR. “I imagine it’s carelessness on the candidate’s behalf,” he says. Sastry additional identified that one can not get too critical about minor deviations in declaring age or revenue. “5 per cent much less or 5 per cent extra” that’s it; nevertheless “if there’s main omission like not declaring a homicide case regardless of having a case, then the Election Fee can take motion,” says Sastry.

Whether it is identified to the EC and if the ballot panel is supplied with documentary proof, it has the ability to behave in opposition to the erring candidate. Nonetheless, legally the one levelling the accusation has to show that such omission within the affidavit would have affected the result of the election, says Sastry. “However that may be very arduous to show,” he cautions.

In response to Part 125A in The Illustration of the Folks Act, 1951, if a candidate offers false info which he is aware of or has motive to imagine to be false, or conceals any info, in his nomination, she or he can be punishable with imprisonment for a time period which can lengthen to 6 months, or with high-quality, or with each.

What precisely is the variety of candidates who’ve discrepancies of their age declaration? “It’s arduous to provide a precise quantity as one should undergo all of the affidavits filed earlier than the EC. However these are certainly simply the tip of the iceberg,” says Rajiv Kumar.

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