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Congress snubs AAP; to contest all seven seats in Delhi

By Vinod

New Delhi, Aug 11: The Congress has snubbed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for indicating the party that it might leave two seats for it by appointing observers in the five Lok Sabha seats out of the total seven seats in Delhi. They have been sending similar feelers to the Congress leadership. But, the Congress leaders are getting ready to contest all seven Lok Sabha seats from Delhi.

Ajay Maken

The Congress has been accusing the AAP of being hand in glob with the BJP and all its move have been towards benefiting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken recently tweeted against the AAP by asking, "Did we not without asking you support formation of AAP Government in 2013 to stop the BJP?"

He further said, "But soon after forming the government with our support, you spread lies, lodged FIRs against our leaders and also fielded candidates against all sitting Congress MPs in Delhi to ensure BJP victory. Why in Rajya Sabha, AAP supported the BJP on the issue of signing the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India? Why are you supporting the BJP by selectively fielding your candidates against Congress Party?"

Sources said that the AAP wants to confuse voters of selectively fielding its candidate while it is decided that the Congress will contest all Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. All the seats have been won by the Congress in 2009 Lok Sabha elections. It is up to the leadership to decide who will contest from where but everyone who is hoping to get ticket and trying his/her luck to get ticket started working in the constituency.

Leaders like state party President Ajay Maken, Sandeep Dikshit, Mahabal Mishra, J P Aggrawal, Kapil Sibal, Sajjan Kumar and family and others. Since Krishna Tirath has joined the BJP some other person will be fielded from the reserve seat. Sources said that Sajjan Kumar is looking for his son to be given Lok Sabha ticket however he had already got defeated two Assembly Elections from Delhi. The name of Rajkumar Chauhan is doing rounds for the only reserve constituency in Delhi. Rajkumar Chauhan had been the minister in the Sheila Dikshit government in the state.

Some of them even started working in their possible constituencies. Even some activity has been noticed around Rajkumar Chauhan who was confined to his home after two consecutive defeats by Rakhi Bidlan of the Aam Aadmi Party at the Delhi Assembly elections. The Delhi Congress does not have any bigger Dalit name than Rajkumar Chauhan so fielding him from the reserve seat could be one of the options for the Congress.

But political analyst feel that any triangular contest in Delhi will benefit the BJP which is planning to retain just three sitting MPs in Delhi while four will be replaced. However, nothing could be said about the actions of the AAP but people in the party say that observers declared by the AAP leader to Delhi constituencies may be later converted into party candidates.

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