The Congress managers claim that the party is in direct fight with BJP on five Lok Sabha seats, while two constituencies will witness triangular contest.

Riding high on party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s successful rally at Dakshin Puri, Congress believes that it has an undeviating fight with its traditional rivals BJP in five constituencies in the national capital, whereas the presence of AAP will make triangular contest on the other two seats.

An internal survey conducted by Congress after Gandhi’s successful rally has given cues that clearly disregard any kind of AAP effect in the capital.

According to the party sources, Congress is in two-cornered contest with BJP on South Delhi, New Delhi, Chandni Chowk, East Delhi and North-East Delhi seats. But the party expects a three-cornered contest in West Delhi and North-West Delhi (Reserved) constituencies.

Party sources also claim that there has been a very positive effect of Rahul Gandhi’s rally in the national capital, particularly in areas around Dakshin Puri like Sangam Vihar, Amabedkar Nagar, Devli etc.

Congress has a vice-like grip on all the assembly seats in this region but in last year’s elections, AAP still managed to win a considerable number of seats from here.

Congress has reposed faith in old war horses in the general election in Delhi. Ramesh Kumar, brother of prominent Jat leader Sajjan Kumar, is the Congress candidate from South Delhi seat. Congress sees South Delhi as safe as the seat has sizable 1.5 lakh Muslim voters.

Party’s internal survey has also said that Congress candidate Ajay Maken is giving tough fight to BJP nominee Meenakshi Lekhi in the New Delhi constituency.

If Congress leaders are to be believed, AAP is not a major player anymore in Delhi and most of its support base, which had shifted towards Arvind Kejriwal-led party in last assembly elections, has come back to its fold this time around.

In East Delhi and North-East constituencies too, Congress is in direct fight with BJP.

(JPN/Bureau)

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