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Ajay Maken to spearhead Congress push for power

Ajay Maken to spearhead  Congress push for power
The  All India Congress Committee has picked Maken as head of the campaign committee for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls. “We welcome the end to speculations and the announcement of firm election date by the Election Commission of India,” he added.

He said the party would like to “re-establish its grassroots reach, connect and hold with the people of Delhi through the magnificence of the electoral process into forming a Congress government in Delhi.”

Upbeat over the Congress showing in the  Delhi Cantonment Board election, Maken said that the
Congress had come back into the reckoning and was neck-to-neck with the BJP.

“The total number of seats that BJP had has come down. BJP’s lead is down to 2000 votes across the 64 polling stations whereas during Lok Sabha elections they had won by close to 15,000 votes. I would like tell those who were writing off the Congress that we have made a comeback.”

The BJP and Congress are fighting neck to neck and the AAP is in third place,” Maken claimed.
“ Those who are dismissive of the Congress should look at the Delhi Cantonment results,” Maken added.

The Delhi Cantonment Board elections for eight seats was held on Sunday with BJP, AAP and Congress being the three major parties contesting the polls.

As per reports, the BJP has won three seats while Congress and AAP have won one seat each.
The pre-poll surveys may have painted a grim picture and the media may have predicted a direct fight between the BJP and the AAP in the upcoming election, but the Congress has not lost hope yet.

The party, which governed Delhi for 15 years before it was handed out a crushing defeat by the Aam Aadmi Party in 2013, is confident of putting up a much better showing.

Unlike previous assembly elections between 1993 and 2013 when it was contesting to either form government or to continue its governance, the Congress this time faces a completely different challenge. After a humiliating defeat in 2013, when its seat tally fell sharply from 43 in 2008 to just eight and a complete rout in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arvinder Singh welcomed the announcement of poll dates by the Election Commission of India. “We don’t believe in big sized hoardings and postering in the city. Congress party workers are reaching out to voters via a door-to-door campaign.”

The party already announced 24 candidates and the rest of candidate’s names will be declared tonight, Singh added.
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