It’s Smriti Irani vs Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Ajay Aggarwal vs Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli

SC lawyer Aggarwal has been a party hopper and joined BJP after SP denied him any lucrative position in UP.

New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2014 8:37 am

The BJP has decided to field actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. The announcement was made late Monday night. The saffron party also decided to pitch former SP leader Ajay Aggarwal against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli. Aggarwal is a practising Supreme Court lawyer who has appeared in many high-profile cases.

Aggarwal has been a party hopper and joined the BJP after the SP leadership denied him any lucrative position in the state after coming to power. Incidentally, Aggarwal had earlier joined the SP only in the run-up to the 2012 UP Assembly elections hoping for a ticket but in vain.

Aggarwal, however, has earned a name for himself for filing a PIL in Taj Heritage Corridor case against Mayawati. He also claims to have argued against Congress leadership in Bofors case. “I will win against Sonia Gandhi and the BJP will create a record in UP and win majority of seats,” Aggarwal told  The Indian Express after the BJP made the announcement.

Aggarwal’s family hails from Shahjahanpur and is settled in Sambhal district but has been based in Delhi for his legal practice for over a decade now.

While Irani’s name was doing the rounds for Amethi, the party’s attempt to field a high profile candidate from Sonia’s seat failed in the wake of former MP chief minister Uma Bharti’s reluctance to leave Jhansi. While Bharti later revised her position saying that she was ready to contest against Sonia, her demand that she should be allowed to contest from Jhansi as well was rejected by the BJP central election committee Monday.

The BJP also announced to field A C Shanmugam from Vellore and K M Muriganantham from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The BJP meeting also discussed party’s alliance with the TDP in Andhra Pradesh but held back any announcement in the wake of ongoing negotiations over seat-sharing in the state.

Sources said while the party’s Seemandhra unit has reconciled to the seat-sharing, the Telangana unit has been bargaining hard for equal seat-sharing with the TDP.

“Negotiations are on,” was the response of a top party leader after the meeting.

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  1. Arvind Srivastava
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:35 am
    With no help coming from Delhi, poet turned politician Biswas will be completely isolated. He tried to grow beyond the boss and he got what was coming for him. Lesson for newcomers - Never try to show that you can outdo performance of your boss. Never open your mouth so big that it becomes difficult to feed. Now you are going to get less than 5000 votes and loose deposit
    1. Rajesh Yadav
      Apr 2, 2014 at 3:16 am
      May I ask, why not ? If you are more capable than your boss, if you are smarter than your boss, you should ert yourself. If you can out perform, I think you must show that and back it up with action.