Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said the Congress had nominated Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, both accused of inciting violence during anti-Sikh riots, for Lok Sabha elections keeping in mind their "winnability".
Defending their nominations, Dikshit said both Kumar and Tytler had been exonerated of the charges of their involvement in the 1984 riots by the court.
"They had never been convicted by any court in this case," she added.
She said that "winnability was the main criteria in the selection of candidates" by the party and both these candidates had won the last election with huge margins.
Talking to reporters in the sideline of a function here, Dikshit blamed the media for over playing the controversial hate speech of Varun Gandhi, the BJP candidate from Pilibhit.
She said it was only in response to the persistent questions from the media that even Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had to comment on the issue at the time of release of the party Election Manifesto.