Congress: Taking full responsibility could mean Ajay Maken loses all

Congress prominent faces may find themselves fighting in their seats.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: February 10, 2015 6:10:09 am

After being reduced to only eight seats in the Delhi Assembly, the Congress never had illusions about success in these elections. But it has turned out to be so uncertain an election that even the prominent Congress faces may find themselves fighting in their seats as votes are counted on Tuesday.

AJAY MAKEN (Sadar Bazar): Congress general secretary and the party’s campaign chief, Maken is in a close fight with BJP’s Praveen Jain and sitting MLA Som Dutt. While both the AAP and Congress are hoping that they have the support of the Muslim population in the Assembly area, the BJP is hoping to capitalise on the votes of the significant Jain community. With exit polls predicting a loss for the party in the seat, some claimed that Maken might resign from his post within the party. “If the exit poll predictions come true, I will take full responsibility,” he said.

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HAROON YUSUF (Ballimaran): The former power minister in the Sheila Dikshit government has been the sitting MLA from the seat since its inception in 1993. But with party leaders stating that support in the primarily Muslim quarters of the Assembly has swayed to AAP’s Imran Hussain, Yusuf is all set for a close battle.

“Inroads had been made by AAP in the seat since the Assembly elections in December 2013. This became apparent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. It boils down to whether Yusuf was able to stem this flow,” said a senior Congress leader.

SHARMISHTHA MUKHERJEE (Greater Kailash): For the daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, the 2015 Assembly elections was the first political outing. She looked to take on AAP’s MLA and former minister Saurabh Bhardwaj and BJP’s Rakesh Kumar Gullaiya. But with exit polls predicting a loss for her, sources said Mukherjee’s best hope is if BJP and AAP cancel each other out.

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