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Big three set ball rolling

Big three set ball rolling
Delhi is set to witness a straight fight between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party in most of the 70-seats for February 7 polls, even as the Congress which had ruled the state for 15 years is set to be relegated to the third spot again.

Kejriwal had failed to file his nomination Tuesday due to heavy crowd in his rally. The former Delhi chief minister was accompanied by party associates Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh when he went to file his papers Wednesday.

The last minute rush was also witnessed in several parts of the city as traffic was forced to crawl as most of the candidates came in road show to file their nomination papers.

Kejriwal had held a 7-kilometer road-show Tuesday till Jantar Mantar but got “delayed” due to the road show because of which he postponed the nomination process for Wednesday.

However, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi also went to file her nomination in the form of a road show. She was companied by senior BJP leaders Vijay Goel, Harsh Vardhan, Satish Upadhyay and East Delhi MP Maheish Girri.

As per the data with Delhi unit of Election Commission a total of 923 candidates have filed their nomination papers for 70 assembly segments out of which maximum candidates filed nomination papers on the last day- Wednesday.

The minimum six candidates filed nominations from Ambedkar Nagar assembly segment which is reserved for Scheduled Caste category and maximum 23 candidates have applied for New Delhi assembly seat.

“These nominations will be scrutinized on Thursday for final acceptance. The candidates can take back their nominations by January 24 and a final list of candidates would be released by Friday evening,“ said a senior officer of Delhi CEO office. Some candidates have also filed more than two nomination papers to avoid cancellation during scrutiny. Thus, the number of nomination papers with the election commission is 1404.

Congress leader Ajay Maken, who filed his nomination from Sadar Bazar seat, on Wednesday,
attacked Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, accusing them of using Anna Hazare to fulfil their political ambitions.
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