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Will Kejriwal take on Dikshit in her bastion?

delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2013 12:03 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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Amid speculation on which constituency he would fight from, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced that Arvind Kejriwal will pick his constituency to fight the forthcoming Delhi assembly elections after a meeting with volunteers on Sunday.

Question is, will he choose the hard or the easy option?

Will he choose Seemapuri (in northeast Delhi) kind of constituency, which has areas such as Nand Nagari and Sundar Nagari with a large support base for the AAP?

The party has already shortlisted candidates from Seemapuri.

Will he choose Dwarka, which has robust AAP supporters in the mixed rural-urban voter base?

Or, will he take on chief minister Sheila Dikshit directly?

After announcing that the AAP will contest all 70 seats in the forthcoming assembly elections in Delhi, Kejriwal had declared an all-out war against the ruling Congress, especially against Dikshit.

Choosing to target Dikshit government's alleged failure to curb inflated power and water bills, Kejriwal had been to appealing voters to not pay the bills, burn them and reconnect severed connections.

"There are demands from within the party volunteers asking him to contest from their respective areas," said an AAP source.

"In fact, volunteers from one of the prominent areas in east Delhi went to the extent of promising to come up with thousands of volunteers, sufficient for the rest of Delhi, in case Kejriwal chose their area."

The AAP will hold an open meeting at the Constitution Club on Sunday to discuss Kejriwal's constituency.