STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 14 November
On Day 6 of the nomination process, a host of prominent leaders filed their nominations today, including Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, BJP chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Health Minister A K Walia and former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta. A total of 342 nominations were filed today.
Mrs Dikshit filed her nomination papers from New Delhi assembly constituency at Jamnagar House. She was accompanied by her son and MP Sandeep Dikshit and daughter Latika. “I am confident that Congress will retain power in Delhi,” she told reporters after filing the nominations. Mrs Dikshit faces a three-cornered contest in the constituency as the BJP has fielded Vijender Gupta while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal is the other main contender. She has been representing the New Delhi constituency since 1998.
When Mr Gupta went to file his nomination, enthusiastic workers kept shouting slogans in his support. After Professor V K Malhotra&’s arrival, Mr Gupta, his wife and some other leaders walked up to the deputy commissioner’s office. Many were left behind as the road was blocked with barricades.
After filing his nomination, Mr Gupta said he was confident about his performance. He said it was the public that was fighting this election on issues such as price rise.
"She has been a non-performer in this constituency, the Congress has created a mess in the country and people in New Delhi are upset with her," Mr Gupta claimed
Professor Malhotra said things were becoming worse for Delhi’ites as they were faced with power cuts and water shortage. "With Vijender Gupta fielded against Dikshit, the contest has become even more interesting than the rest of Delhi’s seats" a BJP supporter said.
At the Geeta colony DC’s office, Dr Harsh Vardhan filed his nomination for the Krishna Nagar seat while Dr A K Walia filed his papers for Lakshmi Nagar constituency. They filed their nominations back to back at around 1.45 p m.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said there is a wave in favour of the BJP in Delhi. "The people of Delhi have decided to dislodge corrupt, anti-people Congress government," he added.
"BJP is going to form government with two thirds majority in Delhi. After forming the government, its first priority will be to provide employment to every needy person and housing accommodation to every family. Security and honour of women will be ensured. Accountability will be fixed in case of any failure in such cases. BJP government will be completely an e-government. All the important decisions of the government will be transparent. All the decisions and actions of the government will be made available under RTI," said Dr Vardhan.
He asserted that the contest will be between BJP and Congress and AAP is not a serious player in the poll battle.
“It has always been a fight between the Congress and BJP in Delhi and it will be the same again,” he said.
He insisted that there was no infighting in the BJP and that all leaders are working unitedly to defeat the Congress.
Dr Walia said, "The BJP had changed three CMs between 1993 to 1998 due to which the public faced problems. Hence, they do not wish to commit that mistake again by bringing the BJP in power. And as far as AAP is concerned it has no experience at the grassroots."
Candidates of several other parties, including AAP, filed their nominations from different constituencies.
The EC has received 431 nominations till date and 342 were filed today. The official holiday tomorrow resulted in a rush of candidates filing nominations. Saturday, 16 November, is the last date for filing nominations.