Lok Sabha elections 2019: Before Delhi votes, know your candidates

Ahead of the elections, the Congress and the AAP had been in an on-now-off-now discussion regarding a possible alliance in Delhi which never saw the light of day.
The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on May 23.(Reuters FILE)
The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on May 23.(Reuters FILE)
Updated on May 11, 2019 03:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

The seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the National capital territory of Delhi will go to polls on March 12 in what is going to be a closely contested three-sided battle among the candidates of the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Ahead of the elections, the Congress and the AAP had been in an on-now-off-now discussion regarding a possible alliance in Delhi which never saw the light of day.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won all seven Lok Sabha seats. This time around, the Congress, in a bid to regain some of the seats, has brought back former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to help guide it towards a victory.

The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on May 23.

Also Read | In West Delhi ex-CMs son and sitting MP is in fray against Cong veteran

Here is a look at the prominent candidates in each of the seven constituencies of Delhi:

West Delhi

Parvesh Verma (43), BJP

Profile: Son of former Delhi CM Sahib Singh, Verma won the last elecetion with the highest margin. He hold san MBA degree. His father’s legacy and his Jat connection gives him an upper hand.

Key campaign issues: Hospitals in villages of Najafgarh. Better civic infrastructure and “continuing the development” stated in the previous tenure.

Past elections: Incumbent MP

Mahabal Mishra (65), Congress

Profile: The MP from the area in 2009, Mishra is Congress’s only Purvanchali candidate. He played an important role in the settlement of unauthorised localities such as Sagarpur, Palam and Dabri.

Key campaign issues: A ‘West Campus’, sealing of commerical establishments, public buses.

Past elections: Former MP, former MLA from Matiala

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Balbir Singh Jakhar (47), AAP

Profile: He is a lawyer and was the president of the Dwarka Court Bar Association

Key Campaign issues: Full statehood, lack of education institutions (esp colleges), lack fo women safety, sanitation

Past elections: Debutant

Northeast Delhi

Manoj Tiwari (48), BJP

Profile: Sitting MP from the constituency. Tiwari was a popular Bhojpuri singer and actor before joining politics.

Key campaign issues: Complete the project of two new Kendriya Vidhyalayas, 10 multi-level parking, new sports grounds and two new colleges.

Past elections: Two-time MPs

Sheila Dikshit (81), Congress

Profile: The longest-reigning chief minister of Delhi, serving for 15 years from 1998 to 2013. She is also heading the Congress’s Delhi unit.

Key campaign issues: Infrastructural development with special focus on unauthorised colonies, new colleges and schools and hospital.

Past elections: Three-time MLA and two-time MP.

Dilip Pandey (38), AAP

Profile: A computer engineer by profession, Pandey has been associated with the AAP since the beginning. He was the convener of AAP’s Delhi unit till 2018.

Key campaign issue: Full statehood, lack of infrastructure, new colleges and schools, connectivity and job opportunity.

Past elections: Debutant

South Delhi

Ramesh Bidhuri (57), BJP

Profile: Graduated from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College in Delhi. Later completed a law degree. In politics since college days. Has worked as the vice president and general secretary of Delhi BJP.

Key campaign issues: Getting Delhi Metro Phase 4 cleared, water supply to every household, sewer line in entire constituency, multispeciality hospitals, building schools and colleges.

Past elections: Three-time MLA, incumbent MP

Vijender Singh (33), Congress

Profile: Professional boxer who won Bronze Medal in the 2008 Olympics.

Key campaign issues: Better standard of life, access to education and healthcare facilities, water, sanitation and sports infrastructure

Past elections: Debutant

Raghav Chadha (31), AAP

Profile: Chartered Accountant, post-graduate studies in London School of Economics. Active in the India Against Corruption Movement (2011). A national spokesperson of the AAP.

Key campaign issues: Full statehood for Delhi, women safety, lack of healthcare facilities and sanitation.

Past elections: Debutant

Chandni Chowk

Harsh Vardhan (64), BJP

A doctor by training, he is the sitting MP and union minister for environment, science and technology. He has alos been the health minister in the BJP-led NDA government in 2014 as well as in Delhi government in 1994.

Key campaign issues: Good governance, resolving issues of traders, jobs for all, redevelopment of the Walled City.

Past elections: Four-time MLA and One-time MP

JP Agarwal (74), Congress

Profile: Four-time former MP, he has been member of various key committees in the UPA government. He was also the Delhi Congress chief for six years.

Key campaign issues: Sealign of commercial establishments, infrastructure development, raising key issues in Parliament.

Past elections: Four time MP

Pankaj Gupta (52), AAP

Profile: A software professional and an engineering graduate, Gupta has been instrumental in the rise of the party, screening Lok Sabha candidates.

Key campaign issues: Full statehood, joblessness, sealing, lack of women safety, decongestion.

Past elections: Debutant

Northwest Delhi

Hans Raj Hans

Profile: Famous Punjabi popo and sufi singer. Prior to this, he was associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal in 2009 and resigned in2014. He then joined the Congress in 2016. The same year, he left the Congress to join the BJP.

Key campaign issues: Construction of hospitals, social security, pollution control and improvement of water supply.

Past elections: Debutant

Rajesh Lilothia (54), Congress

Profile: Two-time former MLA, Lilothia is also one of the three working president of Delhi Congress. He hails from Lilothi village near Nangloi in northwest Delhi. He is a known Dalit face of the Congress in Delhi.

Key campaign issues: Lack of adequate public transport, lack of hospitals, sealing of units of small scale traders, scarcity of water

Past elections: Two-time MLA

Gugan Singh (70), AAP

Profile: Former MLA from Bawana on a BJP ticket in 2013. He had joined AAP in 2017. He is an ex-ITBP soldier.

Key campaign issues: Full statehood, lack of higher education institutions (especially engineering colleges), lack of healthcare facilities.

Past elections: One-time MLA in 2013

East Delhi

Atishi (37), AAP

Profile: Oxford graduate, an educationist who is credited for her work in school education reform in the Delhi government.

Key campaign issues: Full statehood, lack of education institutions (esp colleges), women safety, sanitation.

Past elections: Debutant

Gautam Gambhir (37), BJP

Profile: Former cricketer who played a crucial role in India’s victory in 2011 World Cup and 2007 T20 World Cup

Key campaign issues: Achievements of Central government, pollution, exposing how the AAP government has not delivered on its promises and has stalled Central government schemes.

Past elections: Debutant

Arvinder S Lovely (50), Congress

Profile: Former Delhi education minister. Delhi Cong chief in 2013

Key campaign issues: Sealing, lack of public transport, delay in infrastructure projects, scrapping of projects started by Congress govt. Highlighting achievements of Congress govt in 15 years when Sheila Dikshit was Delhi CM.

Past elections: Three-time MLA.

New Delhi

Meenakshi Lekhi (51), BJP

Profile: National spokesperson of BJP. An SC lawyer, she had filed a contempt plea against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for comments on Rafale deal.

Key campaign issues: Raising issue of sealing in the Parliament, giving better services (roads, water and sewer lines, etc), particularly in slums, improving civic amenities in Adhchini.

Past elections: 2014 winner

Ajay Maken (50), Congress

Profile: Former chief of Congress’s Delhi unit. Was youngest union cabinet minister during UPA-2, in Delhi, he was the youngest Speaker in the country. He was state minister for power, transport and tourism.

Key campaign issues: Stopping sealing, restoring benefits of 6th Pay Commission and removing deficiencies of the 7th pay commissions.

Past elections: 3-time MLA, 2-time MP

Brijesh Goyal (43), AAP

Profile: A businessman by profession, Goyal has been an active member of AAP. He is the head of the party’s traders’ wing. He holds a BSc degree.

Key campaign issues: Full statehood, stopping the ongoing sealing drive

Past elections: Debutant

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