The fight within the Congress party to get the ticket of the Northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency has intensified. While party workers will vote for their candidate on Tuesday, a delegation of senior party leaders met AICC general secretary in-charge Shakeel Ahmed on Monday evening to consider a Muslim candidate for the seat.
Sources said a delegation of five party leaders led by Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh met Ahmed with this demand. Of the four Muslim MLAs in Delhi, two represent assembly constituencies that are a part of Northeast Delhi parliamentary seat. While Mateen Ahmed is a five-term MLA from Seelampur, Hasan Ahmed has won two consecutive elections from Mustafabad seat. Northeast Delhi has more than 21% Muslim votes.
Meanwhile, the election process of the primary in Northeast Delhi will start at 10am on Tuesday. This is first time the Congress is holding US-style primaries to select candidates on 16 Lok Sabha seats in the country, which includes two seats in Delhi - New Delhi and North East Delhi.
Sitting MP from New Delhi and former union minister Ajay Maken has already been declared unopposed while former Delhi Congress chief and sitting MP Jai Prakash Agarwal and former MLA Rajesh Lilothia are locking horns in North East Delhi.
The electoral college has 365 voters, which include current and former municipal councillors and MLAs of wards and assembly seats falling in Northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency, office bearers of district and block level committees, and office bearers of various organisations within the party.