Congress party campaign panel chief Ajay Maken filed his nomination papers from Sadar Bazar constituency for the Delhi assembly elections.
"I am the chair of the campaign committee of the Congress party and the general secretary of the AICC (All India Congress Committee). I am contesting election from Sadar (Bazar assembly constituency)," said Maken.
The AICC general secretary submitted his nomination papers and declared his assets to the returning officer at Vikas Bhawan near the busy ITO intersection in central Delhi.
Maken is up against incumbent Som Dutt Sharma of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Praveen Jain of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a constituency that was a Congress bastion for three consecutive terms until Rajesh Jain lost it to the AAP in 2013 polls.
Although Maken would face Sharma and Jain in Sadar Bazaar, the largest wholesale market in the national capital, the Congress campaign chief said he was in a direct contest with BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi as well as the AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal.
Visibly reluctant to project himself as the grand old party’s chief ministerial candidate, Maken nonetheless said: "My direct fight is with Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal."