Delhi by-elections: AAP’s troubles increased before voting, FIR ordered against Durgesh Pathak

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Durgesh Pathak’s troubles have increased ahead of the voting for Rajendra Nagar seat in Delhi on June 23. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the Delhi Police to register an FIR on the basis of a complaint filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regarding the use of children in the election campaign. The body protecting the rights of the child has also written to the Chief Election Commissioner and has spoken of violation of the code of conduct.

In both the letters, the NCPCR has said that it had received a complaint from Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta. The organization said in the letter, “Viral videos have also been made available on social media showing young children being used as cheap labor for distributing pamphlets, pasting posters, hanging banners and in election rallies. Let us inform that AAP has nominated Durgesh Pathak from Rajendra Nagar seat.

The NCPCR further said, “Children are allegedly being exploited by paying Rs 100 per day, giving them pamphlets of Durgesh Pathak and common man and leaving them to wander. Child labor in electoral activities is a clear violation of the code of conduct. The complainant Adesh Gupta said that Durgesh Pathak himself is a member of the Delhi Child Protection Commission and is violating the commission’s rules. He has also demanded the Election Commission to reject Pathak’s candidature.

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