For Congress candidates, the wait came to an end on Monday evening after the party high command announced its final list for the remaining 22 seats.
Notably, party leader and minister of state for urban development Ajay Maken’s objection over some candidates were overlooked.
Jitender Kochhar was retained from the Greater Kailash seat, to contest against BJP’s Vijay Kumar Malhotra.
“Even HKL Bhagat could not manage to distribute tickets like this. Dikshit has completely had her way. But Maken could get three candidates in — Neeraj Basoya (Kasturba Nagar), Hari Shankar Gupta (Wazirpur) and Ramesh Lamba (Hari Nagar). Amod Kant (Sangam Vihar) and Ravinder Singh Lovely have literally parachuted into the contest. Lovely has been given the Deoli seat,” said a party source.
Health minister Yoganand Shastri was the party’s candidate from Mehrauli. Shastri was involved in a bitter turf war with party colleague Kiran Walia till the Malviya Nagar seat was offered to the latter. “His supporters wanted him to contest from Narela. But Mehrauli is a good seat with 17 per cent Jat votes,” said a party source.
Among the other contentious seats was Jangpura where Tarwinder Marwah was named over Tajdar Babar. The party’s choice of candidates in the two west Delhi seats of Hari Nagar and Tilak Nagar, that have a huge chunk of Sikh votes. have also come in for criticism.
While Ramesh Lamba was offered Hari Nagar, Tilak Nagar was given to Anita Babbar. Three Sikh candidates –– Ajit Singh Chaddha, P.S. Bawa and Jaspal Singh –– were in the running here.
“Anita Babbar won the MCD elections by 12 votes, how can she win an assembly seat?” asked Paramjeet Singh Sarna, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee.
Sarna said the area had over 41 per cent Sikh votes. “Congress will now lose Hari Nagar and Tilak Nagar seats,” he said.