Cong veterans pitch in for their kin
Poll time means a lot of anxiety and lobbying for political hopefuls, but not everybody is interested in a ticket to contest the assembly polls for themselves.delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2008 23:14 IST
Poll time means a lot of anxiety and lobbying for political hopefuls, but not everybody is interested in a ticket to contest the assembly polls for themselves. Several senior city politicians are pitching their kin as candidates for upcoming assembly polls.
Highly placed sources in the Congress reveal that leaders like MP Sajjan Kumar, Delhi assembly speaker Chaudhry Prem Singh and Harsharan Singh Josh, who is currently a member in the National Commission for Minorities, are all trying to pitch their sons as candidates for the Delhi polls.
Sajjan Kumar is said to be looking at the Kirari seat in Northwest Delhi parliamentary constituency for his son, while Singh is said to be trying to lobby on his son’s behalf for the newly created Deoli seat. Krishna Tirath, on the other hand, is said to be trying to secure a ticket for her husband from the Patel Nagar seat.
Sajjan Kumar however, denied any such interest in the assembly polls and that he has not applied. Meanwhile Prem Singh said the decision rested with the party High Command. “I don’t know if my son is being considered by the High Command. He has been working with me and Deoli has been a part of my constituency for 35 years. My son, Pramod, is the councillor from the Deoli seat,” said Singh.
Tirath, like Sajjan Kumar said that she was not interested in contesting assembly elections. But a party source said, “Tirath is lobbying for her husband for the Patel Nagar seat. Being a Jatav, he can be seen as a foil for BJP’s candidate Anita Arya who is a Jatav as well”.
Meanwhile, the six-member AICC appointed screening committee finished scrutinising applications for 70 assembly seats.
While the committee has shortlisted 150 names, the list is supposed to be further refined to 100 names. The final decision, however, rests with the AICC.
Voter ID cards
The Delhi Election Office will start distributing voters’ identity cards from Timarpur on Wednesday. About 65 lakh voters’ identity cards will be distributed. “We aim to distribute the ID cards by November first week,” said an election official.