Delhi Election: Congress's first list of 54 candidates includes AAP rebels - Lamba and Adarsh Shastri
Rebels from the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party too have been accommodated by the Congress in its first list. Former AAP leadder Alka Lamba will contest from Chandni Chowk and Adarsh Shastri will fight from Dwarka assembly seat.
The Congress party has released the first list of candidates for the Delhi assembly election 2020 featuring 54 names. Several former Congress MLAs and cabinet ministers from the Sheila Dikshit government have been given tickets.
The list includes the name of Arvinder Singh Lovely who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election from East Delhi constituency. He will contest from Gandhinagar assembly constituency.
As per the list released by the grand-old party on Saturday evening, former Delhi cabinet minister Haroon Yusuf will contest from his traditional seat Ballimaran.
Delhi Congress' working president, Rajesh Lilotia had proposed to contest against Delhi Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal. However, the party's central leadership has not declared the candidate against Kejriwal. Lilotia has been fielded from reserved constituency - Mangolpuri.
Rebels from the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party too have been accommodated by the Congress in its first list. Former AAP MLA Alka Lamba will contest on Congress ticket from Chandni Chowk. Dwarka AAP MLA, Adarsh Shastri who was dropped from the AAP's candidate list had joined the Congress party on Saturday noon. Hours later he was fielded by the party.
Poonam Azad, wife of former MP and Congress' Delhi campaign committee chairman Kirti Azad, too will contest this Delhi election. She is set to contest from Sangam Vihar assembly constituency.
The remaining 16 seats are likely to get released in the next two days as January 21st is the last day of nominations in Delhi.
While the AAP has announced the name of all 70 candidates, the Bharatiya Janata Party has announced the name of its 57 candidates. However, both - the Congress and BJP are yet to field candidates against Delhi CM Kejriwal.
Delhi will vote on February 8 and the results will be announced on 11th.