New Delhi, Jan 12: Two days after the BJP and AAP sounded the poll bugle in the assembly poll-bound Delhi, rival Congress too has tightened its belt for the Delhi battle. If reports are to be believed then the Grand Old Party of India, which has ruled the capital state for 15-years, will field several senior leaders to win the battle.
As per an ANI report, "Ajay Maken to be Chief of Congress's Delhi Campaign Committee, will fight assembly election from 1 seat either New Delhi or Sadar Bazar."
Ajay Maken to be Chief of Congress's Delhi Campaign Committee, will fight assembly election from 1 seat either New Delhi or Sadar Bazar— ANI (@ANI_news) January 12, 2015
That means Maken, former Union Minister and Parliamentarian from New Delhi, may contest against AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, who is likely to contest from here.
Since, New Delhi, was the constituency of former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, speculations are rife that Maken, given his stature, will not only be the Congress' face in the run up to the assembly polls but also be party's CM candidate.
There are reports that several former Congress MPs from Delhi may find their names in the party's list for the upcoming assembly poll. Clearly, the party wants to improve its strength in Delhi assembly. In the previous assembly polls Congress got just 8 seats in the 70-member assembly.
As per sources, Mahabal Mishra, JP Aggarwal, Krishna Tirath and Sandeep Dikshit may feature as the party's potential candidates for Delhi.
Reports are also doing the rounds that Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely may not contest this time. The party wants Lovely to campaign all over the state instead of focussing on a particular constituency.
Hence, its quite clear that Congress is going to throw all its force in Delhi polls to improve its previous tally.