LS Polls: Cricketer, Boxer & Singer Among Delhi’s Candidates
Delhi’s candidate list for the Lok Sabha elections include a former cricketer, a boxer and an actor-singer among others.
Ending months of speculation over a possible tie-up with AAP, the Congress on Monday announced the names of candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. Barring the North-West Delhi seat, the BJP has so far announced its candidates for six of the seven seats in the national capital. The AAP had already named its seven candidates in the national capital and six of them filed their nominations on Monday, 22 April.
Here’s a quick glance of the candidates from each party for each of the constituencies in Delhi.
Congress fielded three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit from North-East Delhi to take on BJP's sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Dilip Pandey.
The 81-year-old Dikshit, who took over from Maken as the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief earlier this year, was last a Member of Parliament from 1984-89 from Kannauj. She was the chief minister of Delhi for three terms between 1998 and 2013.
She had contested from East Delhi constituency in 1998, but lost. Diskhit had not entered electoral fray since she lost to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the 2013 Assembly polls.
"We will begin campaigning soon by highlighting achievements of Congress governments in Delhi as well as at the Centre," Dikshit told reporters after her name was declared as a candidate from North East Delhi.
Former Union minister Ajay Maken from the Congress will battle it out against BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi and AAP’s Brijesh Goyal in the New Delhi constituency.
In an interesting move, the Congress has fielded Vijender Singh, who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as its candidate from the South Delhi constituency where he will be up against BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP's Raghav Chadha.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, 22 April, named cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir as its candidate from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.
Gambhir will be pitted against one of Aam Aadmi Party’s most prominent candidates, Atishi. From the Congress, former DCC chief Arvind Singh Lovely will take on the battle against the two heavyweights.
While Atishi is credited with excellent work done in the education sector of Delhi, Lovely has held important portfolios such as a minister in Delhi. He had briefly joined the BJP, but returned to the Congress fold in 2018. This will be Lovely's first parliamentary polls contest.
The World Cup-winning cricketer, who had recently joined the saffron party, has replaced Maheish Girri, as the BJP’s candidate from the seat.
While the Congress announced Rajesh Lilothia from North-West Delhi, AAP had announced Gugan Singh as its candidate from this constituency. The BJP has so far not named its candidate for the North-West constituency.
Apprehending that his party may deny him a ticket, sitting BJP MP from the reserved North-West Delhi parliamentary seat Udit Raj on Monday asked the party to clear the confusion over his candidature for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Talking to reporters, Raj said he will wait till an announcement of the official BJP candidate on the North-West Delhi seat is made before deciding his future course of action.
Instead of senior party leader Kapil Sibal, the Congress fielded JP Agarwal from Chandni Chowk. Sibal had been fighting on this seat since 2004. After two terms, Sibal had lost to Harsh Vardhan, now a Union minister, in 2014.
Sibal had said last month that he will "certainly contest" from Delhi's Chandni Chowk seat in the Lok Sabha, irrespective of whether there is an alliance between his party and AAP.
Agarwal, a five-time MP, will take on Harsh Vardhan of the BJP and Pankaj Gupta of the AAP.
The Aam Aadmi Party nominee Balbir Singh Jakhar had on Thursday filed his nomination for the West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency where he will be fighting against the Congress’ Mahabal Mishra and BJP’s Pravesh Verma.