The campaigning for municipal bypolls in two wards, where the elections slated on April 23 was put off till May due to death of two candidates, will start from next week.
Two Samajwadi Party candidates — Naseema from Maujpur in East MCD and Dinesh Singh from Sarai Pipal Thala in North MCD — passed away a few days before the municipal by-elections, following which the elections were postponed.
The bypolls will now be held on May 14 in Maujpur and May 21 in Sarai Pipal Thala.
The SP has finalised candidates for the two seats. It has decided to field Naseema’s daughter Shaheen in Maujpur and Dinesh Singh’s son Himanshu Singh in Sarai Pipal.
Shaheen has already filed nomination, while Himanshu will file the nomination on Monday.
“Though various candidates were interested in contesting polls, the party decided to give tickets to the children of the late candidates. Both of them were dedicated workers and contributed a lot in promoting party’s works,” said Usha Yadav, president, SP Delhi unit.
She said the candidates will start their campaign in their respective wards on Monday. “We will put all efforts to win these two seats,” said a senior party worker.
The other candidates contesting for Maujpur seat are Rekha Sharma of Congress, Suman Sharma of BJP and Reshma of Aam Aadmi Party. The ward is currently held by the BJP, whose candidate Sanjay Jain (outgoing leader of house, EDMC) had won the MCD elections in 2012 with 12,652 votes.
At Sarai Pipal Thala (Ward 16N), Rajeev Bansal will contest for AAP, Mangat Ram for the BJP, Mukesh Goel (former leader of opposition in North MCD) for Congress and Mohammad Sarif for Bahujan Samaj Party.
In 2012, BSP’s Parmesh Kumar Chauhan had beaten Janata Dal (United) candidate by 5,713 votes in Sarai Pipal Thala. Ashwani Ahuja of the BJP had garnered 5,004 votes back then.
Meanwhile, the Delhi State Election Commission has issued a notification for conducting elections in these two wards. The last date for filing nomination at Sarai Pipal Thala is May 1 and scrutiny of forms will be done on May 3. The last date of withdrawal is May 6 and elections results would be out on May 23. “The candidates who have already filed nominations for Ward No. 16N earlier need not file the fresh nominations,” said a DSEC official.
At Maujpur (Ward 40E), the last date for filing nomination was April 24 and last date for withdrawal was April 29. The results would be out here on May 16.