Kapil Sibal to contest from Chandni Chowk in 2014, even if Arvind Kejriwal in fray

Kapil Sibal said he would be in the fray from Chandni Chowk irrespective of who his opponent is.

New Delhi | Published:January 24, 2014 8:21 pm

Amid speculations that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal could contest against him from his Chandni Chowk constituency, Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said he would be in the fray from there irrespective of who his opponent is.

“I am going to contest Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk, let anybody be in the fray,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

Sibal, a staunch critic of the Delhi Chief Minister, however, said he was not averse to subsidies like those effected in the national capital by the Aam Aadmi Party government with regard to power and water tariff.

“See the point is we are in the election mode… and naturally we all look at the aam admi.” he said.

“As a govt, we have been doing this all along for the last 10 years for the common man. I think that though any subsidy which has a very negative long term implication for the economy is not something which is welcome but, at the same time, we must realise that there are certain sections of our country who need subsidies and therefore those issues need to be addressed,” Sibal said.

The minister said 800 million people in India do not have a very prosperous existence and the government must think of them.

“Therefore, in that context where subsidy is necessary it should be given and where subsidy has long term negative implications on the economy then we should think before giving,” he said.

He was asked whether such subsidies would not put further pressure on the fiscal deficit, making the target difficult to achieve.

Taking a jibe at AAP and BJP, Sibal said the Opposition has provided two alternatives–one who wants to run the country from streets and the other who does not have any ideology.

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  1. S
    Jan 25, 2014 at 7:34 am
    the amount of pion and the dedication shows the strategies of Kapil....which makes him different from the other...
  2. S
    Jan 25, 2014 at 7:33 am
    the confidence sibal have will surely make him drive through all the situations...the comment on AAP and BJP is genuine....
  3. C
    Chitwan Srivastava
    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:38 am
    With the Somnath Bharti controversy in the background, it would be best for Kejriwal not to fight against Sibal!!!
  4. D
    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:13 am
    Kapil sibal is the strongest contender from the chandni chowk because he the only person support the congress from the last many years.Now this time also he will win.....with the clean sweep...
  5. A
    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:17 am
    Right now congress is in difficult days and they needs a daredevil to save thier government...Kapil is a Daredevil...
  6. J
    Johnny Micheal
    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:36 am
    Kejriwal should refrain from contesting election for LS. He should concentrate on governing Delhi first!
  7. K
    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:23 am
    Kapil sibal is going to win the coming LS election because he deserve the win from the chandni chowk.
  8. M
    Jan 25, 2014 at 7:35 am
    true, for the people Kapil is running into a fight of which is sure and confident..he is a core lion of Chandni chowk..
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