Election Commission officials said 91 nomination papers were received today taking the total number to 135. 18 nominations were received for New Delhi seat, 17 for West Delhi, 14 for Chandni Chowk and 13 nominations for North East Delhi seat on Friday. (Agencies)
The officials said 11 nominations each were received for East Delhi and South Delhi seats. Tomorrow is the last day of filing of nominations. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on March 24 while last date of withdrawal of nominations is March 26.
The highest number of 26 nominations has been received for New Delhi constituency. A total of eight nominations have been received for North West seat. Election in Delhi will take place on April 10.
Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan, who was party's chief ministerial candidate in assembly polls last year, filed nomination for Chandni Chowk constituency where Union Minister Kapil Sibal and AAP's Ashutosh are also other two formidable contenders.
Exuding confidence about winning the seat, Vardhan claimed there has been a wave for BJP in the entire country and the party will come out with spectacular performance in the election in the national capital as well.
"I am proud that Narendra Modi and the BJP high command have chosen me as the candidate for Chandni Chowk. This constituency is very special to me as I was born and spent the first 15 years of my life here," he said.
Ashutosh, accompanied by large number of AAP supporters also filed his nomination on Friday. In 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Sibal had won the seat defeating BJP's Smriti Irani. In 2009, he had beaten BJP's Vijender Gupta.
BJP spokesperson Lekhi and Ajay Maken of Congress also filed their nomination papers before the Returning officer at Jamnagar House for the prestigious New Delhi constituency. Maken, an AICC general secretary and Communication Department chairman, was accompanied by his mother, wife, two daughters, son and some supporters.
Sitting MP from East Delhi Sandeep Dikshit also filed his nomination. Lekhi came to the Returning Officer's office driving a white colour open jeep, accompanied by senior BJP leader VK Malhotra, her husband Aman Lekhi and son Pranay Lekhi, who is handling her social media campaign.
"I would just be talking about development work done by me and I would like to extend my best wishes to the contenders," Maken told reporters. When BJP candidate Lekhi was asked whether Maken had an upper hand due to his experience, she said "I know election management. This time I am a challenge for him and you should ask this question to him."
Aam Aadmi Party has fielded journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan from the seat. He filed his nomination papers yesterday. Khetan is the founder of news portal gulail.com. Flanked by hundreds of Congress workers, Dikshit, 49, submitted his nomination papers before the Returning officer at the Deputy Commissioner's office in East Delhi.
Dikshit said "though we lost the Delhi assembly elections, there is no loss of enthusiasm among party workers. We are confident of winning this time around as the so-called wave is over."
Asked to comment on BJP's claim of a "wave" in favour of Narendra Modi, Dikshit said there was no such thing on the ground and it was just a "creation" of the media. Dikshit faces a three-cornered contest in the constituency as BJP has fielded Maheish Girri while AAP's Rajmohan Gandhi is the other main contender.
BJP candidate from West Delhi Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, son of late Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma, and the party's nominee from North West Delhi Udit Raj, a prominent Dalit leader, also filed their nomination.
AAP leader Rakhi Birla filed her nomination from the North West Delhi seat. Congress has fielded Krishna Tirath from North West constituency which she had won in 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Election Commission officials said 91 nomination papers were received today taking the total number to 135. 18 nominations were received for New Delhi seat, 17 for West Delhi, 14 for Chandni Chowk and 13 nominations for North East Delhi seat on Friday.