AAP's Raghav Chadha, Atishi Marlena, and Saurabh Bharadwaj Submit Nominations for Delhi Elections

AAP candidates in East Delhi (Kuldeep Kumar), New Delhi (Somnath Bharti), and West Delhi (Mahabal Mishra) filed nominations with fanfare. Bharti alleged the BJP might change its candidates due to fear of defeat. Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri denied the claim. The AAP, in alliance with Congress, is contesting 4 of Delhi's 7 Lok Sabha seats. Kumar, a Dalit candidate, received support from party leaders, with Sanjay Singh predicting the BJP's defeat. Mishra's nomination procession included Delhi Congress members. Voting will take place on May 25.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 04-05-2024 18:31 IST | Created: 04-05-2024 18:31 IST
AAP's Raghav Chadha, Atishi Marlena, and Saurabh Bharadwaj Submit Nominations for Delhi Elections
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AAP candidates from East Delhi and West Delhi Lok Sabha seats filed their nomination papers amid fanfare and in the presence of senior party leaders on Saturday.

The three AAP candidates - Kuldeep Kumar (East Delhi), Somnath Bharti (New Delhi) and Mahabal Mishra (West Delhi) - took out roadshows along with senior AAP leaders and volunteers of the party before going for filing nominations.

Bharti in a post on X at 4.48 PM wrote he was waiting for two hours for his turn to file nomination papers along with other candidates at the office of New Delhi Parliamentary constituency returning officer.

He also claimed ''there is a hot discussion going on that the BJP fearing massive defeat, to the extent of losing deposits, at New Delhi Loksabha and East Delhi Loksabha seats is contemplating changing their candidates to Sri Hardeep Singh Puri Ji (@HardeepSPuri) and Sri Arvinder Lovely Ji (@ArvinderLovely) respectively. Even if they change candidates, people won't change their decision and will vote BJP out of power in 2024.'' Puri, Union minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, immediately dismissed Bharti's claim as ''baseless and mischievous''.

''He is trying to mislead people. Bharati should get his mental faculties checked,'' Puri said in a statement.

The AAP is contesting four of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi in alliance with the Congress. Party candidate from South Delhi Sahi Ram Pehalwan has already filed his nomination.

Kumar, who hails from the Dalit community, sought blessings of his parents and jailed party leader Manish Sisodia's wife as well as offered tributes at Dr B R Ambedkar's statue before embarking on his nomination procession.

In a post on X, Kumar said a youth from an ordinary family hardly dreams about entering politics but Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia showed confidence in him and gave him a chance to become the voice of AAP.

Party Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, Delhi minister Atishi and MLA Dilip Pandey among other leaders attended the well attended procession of Kumar.

Atishi said people of Delhi have made up their mind to retaliate against Kejriwal's arrest through votes and the huge crowd gathered in support of Kumar shows he is going to be the next MP of East Delhi, a general constituency.

Singh said Kejriwal has set a significant example by fielding a Dalit community member from the East Delhi seat.

He claimed the BJP will lose all the seven Lok Sabha seats and the INDIA bloc will come to power at the Centre winning 300 seats across the country.

The BJP's 'Abki Baar 400 Paar' slogan is hollow and it will not get more than 150 seats in the polls, he said.

Party volunteers and supporters wearing blue and yellow 'pagris' (headgears) took part in Kumar's procession.

The people wearing yellow and blue colours signifying Bhagat Singh and Ambedkar have come out to protest against dictatorship that has put Kejriwal behind the bars, Kumar said.

Mahabal Mishra's nomination began after prayers at temples in Raghuveer Nagar.

Apart from Sanjay Singh, Delhi minister Kailash Gahlot and Dilip Pandey, Delhi Congress's interim president Devender Yadav also accompanied Mishra in his nomination procession.

In a seat sharing agreement, INDIA combine partners AAP and Congress are contesting four and three seats respectively in Delhi, giving a direct fight to the BJP.

The nomination process will conclude on May 6. Voting in all the seven seats will be held on May 25.

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