The Congress in Delhi is fielding Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh as one of its star campaigners to take on the AAP and BJP in the municipal elections. The party will hold a reception on Thursday evening for Singh in Subhash Nagar, part of Rajouri Garden assembly seat. Singh, who led the party to its recent victory in Punjab polls is likely to draw massive support for Congress in west Delhi.
The party was earlier scheduled to hold the rally around March 25 or 26, but the schedule was changed as the Punjab CM was busy with the assembly session at that time.
Subhash Nagar which is dominated by Punjabi and Sikh voters is also scheduled to hold bypoll for the assembly seat on April 9. The seat fell vacant after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Jarnail Singh quit to contest the Lambi seat in Punjab against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal in the Punjab elections.
The Congress has nominated Meenakshi Chandela, a sitting councillor from Khayala ward, for the Rajouri Garden bypoll. SAD’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa is joint candidate of BJP-SAD and contesting on BJP’s symbol. AAP has made Harjeet Singh as its nominee for the bypoll.
In the run up to the bypoll and the MCD elections, party sources said cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu could also campaign along with Delhi party chief Ajay Maken.
Singh is likely to attend three more meetings, however, their schedule has not been finalised.
The BJP is also likely to get three central ministers to supervise the party’s campaign. The state unit of the party has also sent a list of 53 party leaders who are likely to canvass in municipal polls. The list includes UP CM Yogi Adityanath and others. Last week, BJP president Amit Shah also held a rally in Delhi, his first after the 2015 assembly elections.