As many as 19 candidates filed their nomination papers on Thursday for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Union Minister Kapil Sibal filed his papers from the Chandni Chowk constituency, while AAP candidates Ashish Khetan and Anand Kumar entered the poll fray from New Delhi and Northeast constituencies respectively.
Among other prominent leaders who filed their nominations was BJP candidate from East Delhi Maheish Girri.
The Delhi Election Commission said it received 29 applications from the 19 candidates, of which one each was filed by the Congress and the BJP, two by AAP candidates and five by Independents.
The rest were by candidates from parties including the BSP, Naya Daur Party and the Bharatiya Janata Dal (Integrated).
Speaking to mediapersons after filing his papers, Sibal said, “I can just say that there is no Modi wave in Chandni Chowk. The people of Chandni Chowk believe in the Congress. The Opposition party is out of Chandni Chowk.”
On BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said, “Jinhe woh apna guru mante hain, unhe hi nazar andaz karne ka aarop unpe laga hai. Jo apne guru ka na ho saka, woh desh ka kaise hoga?”
Khetan said the main problem facing the country was that those who were in power have no will to hear the problems of people. “I have met people from almost all sections of my constituency — traders, government employees, the middle-class, students, those who stay in JJ clusters… I have tried to understand their problems and found that the issues in New Delhi constituency are common to the public everywhere in the country. The main problem is that those who are in power have no will to hear the problems of people.”
“So far, 44 nominations have been received from 34 candidates from all the seven constituencies of Delhi. Five nominations each have been received from Chandni Chowk and Northeast Delhi constituencies, while eight were from East Delhi,” an official said.
Meanwhile, in Gurgaon, AAP’s Yogendra Yadav filed his nomination on Thursday. He expressed surprise at Modi’s decision to fight from two seats. “If you are claiming that there is a wave in the country in your name, how is it that you are not certain you will win from the one constituency you have been assigned,” he said.