New Delhi: The Congress party on Monday released a list of its six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats. Former CM and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Sheila Dikshit has been fielded from North East Delhi parliamentary seat. She will take on Aam Aadmi Party’s Dilip Pandey and BJP Delhi Unit Chief Manoj Tiwari.
The party has fielded senior Congress leader Ajay Maken from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat to take on AAP’s Brijesh Goyal.
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The other candidates in the list are JP Agarwal (Chandni Chowk), Arvinder Singh Lovely (East Delhi), Rajesh Lilothia (North West Delhi) and Mahabal Mishra (West Delhi). The party is yet to finalise a candidate for the South Delhi seat.
Alliance Talks Between AAP-Congress Failed
The Congress party’s list of candidate for Delhi Lok Sabha seats comes days after alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress failed as the grand old party was not ready for tie up in Punjab and Haryana.
Earlier on Saturday, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had lambasted the Congress party for not forming an alliance with the party in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said that the Congress party ‘wasted AAP’s time’ in the name of discussion over an alliance in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. “The grand old party has no intention of defeating Modi-Shah duo on 18 seats,” alleged Sisodia.
Last week, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had tweeted that the grand old party was ready to give up four Delhi seats to Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP to ensure a victory over the BJP.
“An alliance between the Congress and AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up 4 Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out,” Gandhi wrote.