Three former mayors to try out their luck
They have had their stint as the official first citizen of the city, but now they are trying their hand at representing their areas as legislators, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.delhi Updated: Oct 20, 2008 23:27 IST
They have had their stint as the official first citizen of the city, but now they are trying their hand at representing their areas as legislators.
Three former mayors of the city are in the fray for tickets from their respective areas. Satbir Singh, who served as the mayor in 2005-6, is trying to get the ticket as the Congress candidate from Mehrauli seat.
Another former mayor, Ashok Jain, is claiming a ticket to contest the Delhi polls from the Delhi cantonment seat. Jain was the city Mayor in 2003-04. Jaishree Panwar (mayor in 2002-03) is also fighting for a ticket for either herself or her husband, Surender Panwar from the Greater Kailash seat. Interestingly, her brother-in-law, Sukhbir Panwar, is also a contender for the same seat against the former mayor.
“I have won in the corporation elections three times from Mehrauli in 1997, 2002 and 2007. I have a strong base here and if given a chance, I expect to win,” said Singh.
Jaishree Panwar also expressed confidence about defeating BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra is chosen by Congress for the Greater Kailash seat.
“I am the only candidate from this assembly seat who can give Malhotra competition. The inclusion of unauthorised colonies and slums in the Greater Kailash seat makes my case stronger. My party leaders also feel the same,” she said. She, however, denied that her husband was also in the running.
“My husband decided to sit back as the party is giving preference to women,” added Jaishree Panwar.
While the BJP has told its members, who got tickets to contest the MCD elections that they will not be considered for the assembly polls, Congress has placed no such stricture.
Even as politicians try to land a ticket by hook or crook, either for themselves or their family members, party senior say no such requests are being considered.
“For all Congress member asking for tickets for their family members, we will leave the decision to AICC,” said DPCC chairman Jai Prakash Aggarwal.
Meanwhile, the AICC appointed screening committee, completed its deliberations on 48 of the 70 assembly seats. Discussions on the remaining 22 seats are expected to be finished on Tuesday. “We aim at submitting 150 names for the 70 assembly seats. The AICC will take the final call on who will contest,” added another party leader.