Kejriwal to fight Sheila
'Will be there wherever she contests in Delhi polls' New Delhi (Agencies): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader...
'Will be there wherever she contests in Delhi polls' New Delhi (Agencies): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that he would directly take on his Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the Assembly polls by contesting from whichever seat she would contest from in November. The decision was taken at a convention of AAP workers.A Later, Kejriwal also attacked the BJP, saying the party fielded weak candidates against Dikshit in the previous polls and challenged Delhi BJP unit chief Vijay Goel to contest against him and Dikshit. He said he wished to contest from the New Delhi constituency and take on Dikshit directly. "If she decides to avoid such a contest in the New Delhi constituency out of fear and move to another, I will also move to the seat from where she is contesting," he said after the workers suggested that he fight against the Chief Minister. However, the final ratification of Kejriwal's candidature will come after a process, which includes collecting 100 signatures from people in constituency and interviews with screening committee and Political Affairs Committee of AAP. In 1998, Dikshit defeated BJP candidate Kirti Azad in Gole Market seat by a margin of 5,667 votes after garnering 24,881 votes and five years later, she defeated Poonam Azad by 12,935 votes after polling 25,156. After delimitation exercise, Gole Market seat became defunct and she moved to New Delhi seat which has most localities in the previous seat. Dikshit has won from the seat defeating BJP's Vijay Jolly by 13,982 votes after polling 39,778 votes. "Why have we chosen to take on Dikshit? Delhi wants to get rid of Dikshit because she has become the symbol of corruption," he alleged. . Alleging that the BJP was playing "already fixed" match with Congress in Delhi, he said, "People have realised that BJP deliberately fields weak candidates against the chief minister. This time, there are is a fight among its leaders on who will be their chief ministerial candidate." "Only AAP can defeat Congress in Delhi in the coming assembly elections. BJP and Congress indulged in match fixing in the last 15 years. BJP is hand in glove with Dikshit," he alleged.
21 July 2019 10:10 AM GMT