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Delhi: BJP, Congress candidates file nominations

NEW DELHI: Several outstanding applicants together with former leader minister Sheila Dikshit, BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh and cricketer-tuned-politician Gautam Gambhir filed their nominations for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on Tuesday, the remaining day to enter the fray.

Many of the applicants took out highway displays in the sizzling heat of their constituencies prior to submitting their nominations.

All seven applicants of the Congress -- former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress leader Jai Prakash Agarwal, former Union minister Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress operating president Rajesh Lilothia, former Cong MP Mahabal Mishra alongside Dikshit and Singh filed their papers.

BJP applicants Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, sitting MP from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency Ramesh Bidhuri and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed their nominations besides Gambhir.

Talking to newshounds, Dikshit, who has been fielded from North East Delhi, mentioned, "I have sentiments attached to this seat as I had fought my first election in Delhi from this seat."

When asked whom she considers a larger problem between Delhi BJP leader Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Pandey, the Congress veteran mentioned she sees either one of them as a problem and her endeavour can be to win from this seat.

"No seat is small or big and it does not belong to any individual. It belongs to the people of the constituency," she mentioned.

Dikshit had contested from East Delhi constituency in 1998, but confronted defeat. The seat incorporated portions of North East Delhi at the moment.

Talking to newshounds, Gambhir, who has been pitted towards Lovely and AAP's Atishi Marlena from East Delhi, mentioned that he's that specialize in winning and now not on his rival applicants.

"My aim is to make East Delhi one of the best parts of the city after winning the polls," he told newshounds.

"I am beginning an innings of honesty under leadership of Narendra Modi. I have no competition with other candidates in the fray and I am here to share my vision with people of East Delhi. I am going to the people with a positive agenda," he mentioned.

When Gambhir reached the East Delhi District Office for submitting his nomination papers, there was a verbal duel between his supporters and that of Lovely.

While the BJP supporters had been raising slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress employees raised slogans 'Chowkidar Chor Hain'.

Vijender Singh, who's contesting from South Delhi, mentioned he'll focal point on issues similar formative years and sports activities.

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"I am genuinely concerned about employment, which I think is a prominent issue for the youth. And being a sportsperson, I am also keen on working towards developing sports infrastructure. It's about time we had good infrastructure so that budding athletes can actually flourish," he mentioned.

Asked why he opted for the Congress, which did not win a unmarried seat in Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vijender Singh mentioned: "I relate to the ideology and the leadership."

"As is propagated by our leadership, I want to be a friend of the electorate. I don't wish to be the 'neta' that visits once in five years. I am not going to do rallies or road shows. I am going to connect with the voters spontaneously," Singh mentioned.

Delhi is witnessing a triangular battle involving the Congress, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on this Lok Sabha election. All seven seats in the town will move to polls in the 6th phase on May 12.

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