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Cong renominates 5 sitting MPs in Delhi

Congress has renominated five sitting MPs – Kapil Sibal, Sandeep Dikshit, J P Agarwal, Krishna Tirath and Ajay Maken – for the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital while deferring its decision on the remaining two seats.

Union minister Sibal will seek re-election for the third term from Chandni Chowk constituency which is likely to witness an interesting fight with BJP fielding its Delhi unit chief Harsh Vardhan and AAP nominating journalist-turned- politician Ashutosh.

Polling in Delhi will be held on 10 April. In the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Sibal won defeating BJP’s Smriti Irani. In 2009, he beat BJP’s Vijender Gupta.

Sitting MP Maken, who won unopposed the US-style primaries Congress had introduced to decide its candidates in select constituencies, will fight from the prestigious New Delhi seat which is likely to witness a triangular contest.

BJP has fielded party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi while AAP has given ticket to another journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan, founder of investigative website

In East Delhi constituency, Dikshit, son of former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit will try to retain the seat for the second term. He will face challenge from AAP’s Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and BJP’s Mahesh Giri.

AAP had won five out of 10 assembly seats which come under the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat.
Congress has fielded Tirath from Northwest constituency which she had won in 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
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