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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Tough fight on cards for heart of capital

The BJP has fielded its sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, 51, while the Congress has pitched former union and Delhi cabinet minister Ajay Maken, 55. The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded a first timer, Brijesh Goyal, 43.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 24, 2019 04:07 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
New Delhi
Lok Sabha elections 2019,Lok Sabha,Meenakshi Lekhi
The BJP has fielded its sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi while the Congress has pitched former union and Delhi cabinet minister Ajay Maken.(PTI)

Parks and markets in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency on Tuesday were abuzz with debates over whom to vote for on May 12. Knowing that the candidates will begin their campaign soon, a few resident welfare associations (RWAs) are even planning to organise ‘know-your-candidates’ meetings in their colonies to set the agenda before their probable MP.

The BJP has fielded its sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, 51 while the Congress has pitched former union and Delhi cabinet minister Ajay Maken, 55. The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded a first timer, Brijesh Goyal, 43.

While Lekhi, a senior lawyer, will seeking a second term, Maken, a career politician, has won previously won the seat twice.

Lekhi said, “People would vote for me again not only because of PM Modi but also because I have helped in implementing a number central schemes in the area and also in the villages that I had adopted. This election is going to be about giving people a better quality of life.”

Maken said he would inform the trader community that it was the Congress that had stopped a similar Supreme Court mandated sealing drive in 2007. “I promise the voters of New Delhi that I will get the same done again. Within one month of forming the government we would pass a law stopping the sealing. For the government employees living in the area I promise to restore the benefits under the 6th pay commission and correct the deficiencies in the 7th pay commission,” he said.

Goyal said his poll plank is full statehood. “Everything is connected to full statehood. Besides, all other local works would gain momentum as AAP is going to win the 2020 assembly polls.”

First Published: Apr 24, 2019 04:07 IST