New Delhi: Vijender Singh, the boxer who won a bronze at the Beijing Olympic Games, is contesting Lok Sabha elections as a Congress candidate. (Also read: Congress Says no to Alliance With AAP, Releases List of Six Candidates For Delhi)
The grand old party has chosen Singh for the South Delhi constituency. Rumours have been rife about Singh’s candidature ever since Congress named its candidates for the other six seats in Delhi, leaving out South Delhi.
Taking to Twitter, Singh said, “Now it’s time to do something for my countrymen and serve them.”
The party hopes to cash in on Singh’s star power to attract voters in the constituency where Jats and Gurjars form a sizeable chunk.
This constituency has a number of villages. Singh will be pitted against BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri, the sitting MP. Reports said Congress had mulled over the candidature of Ramesh Kumar, who had earlier contested from here.
Meanwhile, the grand old party on Monday announced the names of six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats, making it official that an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party was out of the question.
Congress has fielded former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit from North-East Delhi, Ajay Maken from New Delhi and J P Agarwal from Chandni Chowk.
From East Delhi, it has Arvinder Singh Lovely, from North-West Delhi Rajesh Lilothia and West Delhi has Mahbal Mishra.
Delhi goes to vote on May 12. The last date for withdrawing nominations is April 26.