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Congress, BJP field newcomers against seasoned Kejriwal in Delhi assembly elections

The BJP banked on his youth appeal while putting him against one of the most formidable candidates in this poll and the sitting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday released the second list of candidates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls. The party has pitted BJP Yuva Morcha President Sunil Yadav from the New Delhi constituency against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The second list of candidates in the fray was announced hours before the filing of nomination closes on Tuesday and following the announcement of Siromani Akali Dal’s decision to not contest the Delhi assembly in alliance with the BJP due to its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Sunil Yadav, an advocate by profession, has worked his way up the ranks from being the District President of Yuva Morcha. The BJP banked on his youth appeal while putting him against one of the most formidable candidates in this poll and the sitting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

A few days back there was speculation that Nirbhay iht 2012 rape victim’s mother Asha Devi from congress ticket might contest election against CM Arvind Kejriwal.

There was a similar kind of buzz that AAP rebel Kumar Vishwas may join BJP and contest against CM Kejriwal but things have completely changed. Even another AAP rebel Kapil Mishra was also likely candidate to contest against Kejriwal.

But it seems everything has turned out to be just speculations as all three parties have finally released their candidates from New Delhi constituency BJP has given the ticket to Sunil Yadav and Congress has fielded Romesh Sabharwal and Arvind Kejriwal is sitting MLA from here.

Romesh Sabharwal was part of  Congress student wing NSUI’s former Delhi president. He has been with the party for the past 40 years. Former Congress MLA Rajesh Lilothia had volunteered to fight against the Aam Aadmi Party chief but the party would like to contest from elsewhere.

Delhi elections seem to be tri-party elections but there are few constituencies where the competition will be more interesting and contestants are strong candidates.

Delhi will be voting on 8 February and the result will be declared on 11 February.

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