After its moderate success in the Delhi Assembly elections in 2008, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is gearing up for the Lok Sabha polls.
With the announcement of Deepak Bhardwaj’s name for the West Delhi constituency, the BSP has become first party to declare its candidates for all seven Lok Sabha seats in the Capital.
Bhardwaj is the BSP’s third Lok Sabha candidate in Delhi who unsuccessfully contested the recent assembly polls. He had contested from Rajendra Nagar.
The party’s Kanwar Singh Tanwar, who after declaring assets of Rs 150 crore, was the richest contestant in the 2008 assembly polls, will contest the South Delhi parliamentary seat. He had contested the assembly polls from Chhatarpur.
Haji Dilshad Ali, who lost the Babarpur assembly seat by a narrow margin, will contest the North East parliamentary seat.
Senior BSP leaders in Delhi said the leadership had kept the constituency profile in mind while finalising candidates.
“Senior leaders minutely analysed voting patterns of the last assembly polls and chose candidates accordingly. There are three Muslims — at Chandni Chowk, North East and East LS seats — where the Muslim population is in sizeable chunk. For South Delhi, we have a Gujjar candidate since the seat has a large number of Gujjar-dominated villages. For West Delhi and New Delhi seats the leadership has cleared Brahmin candidates,” said a senior leader in Delhi, on condition of anonymity. Neurologist Dr Asif Khan and Haji Mustaqueem are the two other Muslim candidates (East Delhi and Chandni Chowk). Other candidates include Trilok Chand Sharma (New Delhi) and Rakesh Hans from North West (reserved).
Delhi president Brahm Singh Bidhuri said party chief Mayawati cleared the names on merit. “These candidates enjoy good support in their areas. By announcing their names early, we gave them enough time to improve their chances,” he said.