In Delhi, 2019 Polls Have Big Names & Stardust; But Who’ll Win?
“But Dilli mein kaun jeet raha hai?” That’s one question that everyone has been asking throughout the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Now, with the possibility of an AAP-Congress alliance definitively ending and the final list of candidates out, Delhi is set for a triangular contest in its seven seats. Who is contesting from which constituency? And what will be the impact of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Delhi Assembly elections? Here’s all you need to know.
Who is Contesting from Where?
Hover on the constituency in Delhi to get information on the candidates and the party.
The most high-profile battle is taking place in the North East Delhi constituency between Delhi BJP chief and Bhojpuri star Manoj Tiwari of the BJP, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit of the Congress and former Delhi Convenor of AAP Dilip Pandey. The seat has a sizable chunk of Muslim voters as well as migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
In neighbouring Chandni Chowk, the battle is between three candidates belonging to the Vaish community – Union Minister Dr Harshvardhan of the BJP, AAP’s trader candidate Pankaj Gupta and senior Congress leader Jai Prakash Agrawal.
In North West Delhi, which is reserved for Scheduled Castes, the BJP has replaced sitting MP Udit Raj with singer Hans Raj Hans. Udit Raj threatened to rebel against the party if he is denied a ticket. AAP has fielded Gugan Singh Ranga who was earlier with the BJP and is known to be a heavyweight in the area. The Congress candidate is Rajesh Lilothia.
In West Delhi, which is said to be the strongest seat for the BJP, the contest is between sitting MP Pravesh Singh Verma, Congress’ Mahabal Mishra and AAP’s Balbir Jakhar. BJP and AAP have fielded Jat candidates while Congress has fielded a Purvanchali.
The high-profile New Delhi constituency, which includes some of the capital’s poshest neighbourhoods, VIP areas as well as several slum clusters, will see a contest between sitting BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, AAP’s Brajesh Goyal and senior Congress leader Ajay Maken.
Two sportspersons are in the fray in South and East Delhi. Boxer Vijender Singh will be the Congress candidate from South Delhi, contesting against BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha. The seat has a sizable number of urban villages where caste and community matter. BJP’s Bidhuri is banking on Gujjar votes while the Congress’ Vijender is a Jat.
In East Delhi, cricketer Gautam Gambhir will be making his political debut, with the BJP fielding him from the seat instead of sitting MP Maheish Girri. He will be up against AAP’s Atishi, who is said to have worked extensively with Delhi’s education system, and Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely. Lovely is a former MLA from Gandhi Nagar, which falls in East Delhi.