New Delhi: Soon after declaring the names of the six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seat on Monday, Congress has fielded boxer Vijender Singh at South Delhi seat. Earlier in the day, the party had fielded former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from North-East Delhi, Ajay Maken from New Delhi and J.P. Agarwal from Chandni Chowk. Others in the fray included Arvinder Singh Lovely from East Delhi seat, Rajesh Lilothia from the reserved constituency of North West Delhi and veteran party leader Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi seat.
Vijender Singh will take on BJP’s sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha in South Delhi. “In more than 20 years of my career in boxing, I have always made my country proud in the ring. Now its time to do something for my countrymen and serve them. I would like to accept this opportunity and thank Congress, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,” Singh tweeted, thanking party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the opportunity given to him.
Virender Singh, being a popular boxer in the country, was awarded Padma Shri, India’s third highest civilian honour for his contribution in the field of sports in 2010.
It was just a day before the last date for nominations, Congress declared the names of its candidates as negotiations for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were on till Sunday evening. Though both parties were keen on an alliance in Delhi to defeat the BJP, the talks fell through as AAP was demanding an alliance on 18 seats, including Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh.
In Delhi, the LS elections will be held in the sixth phase on May 12. The last day for filing nomination papers is Tuesday. The results for all constituencies will be declared on May 23. In 2014, the BJP had swept all seven seats in the national Capital.