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AAP talks off, Congress relies on warhorse Sheila Dikshit, Ajay Maken in Delhi

This announcement caps months of speculation over the party’s possible alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party. The two were in talks for weeks but at the last minute the talks failed over AAP’s demand for alliance outside Delhi.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 22, 2019 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit and other Leaders inaugurate the control room for the Lok Sabha elections at the DPCC office in Rajiv Bhawan, New Delhi, on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/ HT photo)

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is the Congress candidate from Nort East Lok Sabha constituency and the former Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi, according to the list of six candidates announced on Monday.

This announcement caps months of speculation over the party’s possible alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party. The two were in talks for weeks but at the last minute the talks failed over AAP’s demand for alliance outside Delhi.

“I have contested from here (North East Delhi) earlier, I know the people and they know me. We had started Metro from here, our reputation is of working for the people,” Sheila Dikhit was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Other Congress candidates in Delhi are JP Aggarwal from Chandni Chowk, Arvinder Singh Lovely from East Delhi, Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi and Rajesh Lilothia from North West Delhi, a reserved seat.

The party is yet to announce its candidate for the South Delhi seat.

Also read: We agreed and then...’: AAP on failed alliance talks with Congress

The Aam Aadmi Party hasd blamed the Congress for not forging an alliance for 18 Lok Sabha seats of Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. Senior AAP leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said the Congress “wasted time” in the name of discussion over alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led ruling coalition in the Lok Sabha elections.

The AAP had named six candidates from Haryana on Sunday and said six of their Delhi candidates will file nominations on Monday.

The BJP also announced the list of four candidates for Delhi on Sunday. The party retained all its sitting MPs with Harsh Vardhan contesting from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North East Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi and Pravesh Verma from West Delhi.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP won all the seven seats in Delhi.

First Published: Apr 22, 2019 10:54 IST

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