Even as the Congress played it safe in releasing its first list of 56 candidates for the Assembly elections,sources in the party said the AICC could not arrive at a consensus on 14 seats they considered were presently occupied by senior BJP legislators.
According to sources in the DPCC,the party had decided to continue deliberations on the remaining 14 seats. They include Greater Kailash,Janakpuri,Tilak Nagar,Burari,Rajouri Garden,Rohini,Dwarka,Palam,Sangam Vihar and Tuglaqabad. Many of these seats are occupied by senior BJP legislators and a decision was made to discuss the nominees further. These seats will be declared soon enough, a leader said.
However,sources in the Congress also admitted that some candidates in these seats,if denied tickets,could damage the partys chances. We are presently talking to district and block-level party workers to try to calm emotions, a senior leader said.
Among these seats are BJP heavyweights like Leader of the Opposition V K Malhotras son,Ajay,Rajiv Babbar,BJP chief whip Jagdish Mukhi,Praduman Rajput,Dharmdeo Solanki and SCL Gupta. These MLAs have won consecutive elections and,therefore,the Congress candidates against them will have to be considered carefully, a leader said.