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Here is a close look at national capital’s 7 parliamentary constituencies and its main candidates

Updated : May 11, 2019 11:45 PM IST

In 2014, the BJP made a clean sweep and the party is hoping for a repeat, banking heavily on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

<strong>North East Delhi:</strong> Sheila Dikshit needs no introduction as the veteran Congress leader and the party’s chief in Delhi has served the national capital as its longest chief minister, holding the post for 15 years from 1998 to 2013. She is pitted against BJP’s incumbent Bhojpuri actor-singer-turned politician Manoj Tiwari who is also leading the party’s Delhi unit. AAP has fielded Dilip Pandey who earlier served as the party’s coordinator. Tiwari had defeated AAP's Professor Anand Kumar in the 2014 General Elections, while the Congress candidate Jay Prakash Agarwal secured the third highest number of votes. The constituency has a significant population of Bhojpuri and Muslim voters. The North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat also has a large number of unauthorised colonies lacking even basic amenities. Interestingly, both Dikshit and Tiwari’s political career within their respective parties may end up depending a lot on the outcome of this contest. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
North East Delhi: Sheila Dikshit needs no introduction as the veteran Congress leader and the party’s chief in Delhi has served the national capital as its longest chief minister, holding the post for 15 years from 1998 to 2013. She is pitted against BJP’s incumbent Bhojpuri actor-singer-turned politician Manoj Tiwari who is also leading the party’s Delhi unit. AAP has fielded Dilip Pandey who earlier served as the party’s coordinator. Tiwari had defeated AAP's Professor Anand Kumar in the 2014 General Elections, while the Congress candidate Jay Prakash Agarwal secured the third highest number of votes. The constituency has a significant population of Bhojpuri and Muslim voters. The North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat also has a large number of unauthorised colonies lacking even basic amenities. Interestingly, both Dikshit and Tiwari’s political career within their respective parties may end up depending a lot on the outcome of this contest. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
<strong>East Delhi:</strong> One of the most-watched contests in Delhi’s ‘Yamuna-paar’ area is between BJP’s cricketer-turned-politician candidate Gautam Gambhir, who is making his maiden foray in the hurly-burly world of politics. Gambhir is facing the Congress party’s Sikh candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely, who has held various positions in the Delhi government under the Sheila Dikshit regime. Lovely briefly joined BJP in 2017, but returned to the Congress fold the next year. What makes the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat truly interesting is the Aam Aadmi Party candidate Atishi, who has served as an advisor to Delhi’s education minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. Atshi has been credited for playing a key role in bringing about reforms in Delhi’s government school. Gambhir was nominated by the BJP after the saffron party denied ticket to incumbent Mahesh Giri. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
East Delhi: One of the most-watched contests in Delhi’s ‘Yamuna-paar’ area is between BJP’s cricketer-turned-politician candidate Gautam Gambhir, who is making his maiden foray in the hurly-burly world of politics. Gambhir is facing the Congress party’s Sikh candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely, who has held various positions in the Delhi government under the Sheila Dikshit regime. Lovely briefly joined BJP in 2017, but returned to the Congress fold the next year. What makes the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat truly interesting is the Aam Aadmi Party candidate Atishi, who has served as an advisor to Delhi’s education minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. Atshi has been credited for playing a key role in bringing about reforms in Delhi’s government school. Gambhir was nominated by the BJP after the saffron party denied ticket to incumbent Mahesh Giri. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
<strong>New Delhi:</strong> Of the 16 general elections and two by-elections for the seat since 1951, the party which won the seat formed the government at the Centre 13 times, according to a report. In 2014, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi got 47.02 percent votes, while the AAP's Ashish Khetan secured 30.14 percent and the Congress' Ajay Maken came third with 18.97 percent. This time an interesting battle for votes is in the offing between BJP's incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Congress candidate Ajay Maken and AAP's Brijesh Goyal in one of the oldest Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. The New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency houses prestigious central government institutions, diplomatic enclaves and some of the most upscale localities of the national capital. AAP won 10 assembly seats in the parliamentary constituency. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
New Delhi: Of the 16 general elections and two by-elections for the seat since 1951, the party which won the seat formed the government at the Centre 13 times, according to a report. In 2014, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi got 47.02 percent votes, while the AAP's Ashish Khetan secured 30.14 percent and the Congress' Ajay Maken came third with 18.97 percent. This time an interesting battle for votes is in the offing between BJP's incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Congress candidate Ajay Maken and AAP's Brijesh Goyal in one of the oldest Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. The New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency houses prestigious central government institutions, diplomatic enclaves and some of the most upscale localities of the national capital. AAP won 10 assembly seats in the parliamentary constituency. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
<strong>Chandni Chowk:</strong> The main contest in the Chandni Chowk seat, which coincidentally chooses the winning side every single time in General Elections, is between BJP's incumbent MP Dr Harshvardhan and Congress candidate Jay Prakash Agarwal. The latter has represented the constituency twice in the past in 1984-91 and 1996-1998. Aam Aadmi Party's Pankaj Gupta is the third candidate in the fray along with a total of 26 candidates. In 2014, Harsh Vardhan defeated AAP’s journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh by over one lakh votes, while senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal ranked third. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
Chandni Chowk: The main contest in the Chandni Chowk seat, which coincidentally chooses the winning side every single time in General Elections, is between BJP's incumbent MP Dr Harshvardhan and Congress candidate Jay Prakash Agarwal. The latter has represented the constituency twice in the past in 1984-91 and 1996-1998. Aam Aadmi Party's Pankaj Gupta is the third candidate in the fray along with a total of 26 candidates. In 2014, Harsh Vardhan defeated AAP’s journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh by over one lakh votes, while senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal ranked third. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
<strong>West Delhi:</strong> Sitting MP Parvesh Verma from the BJP, Balbir Singh Jakhar from the AAP and Congress’ candidate Mahabal Mishra are in the electoral fray for the West Delhi seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Verma is the son of late BJP leader and former Delhi chief minister Sahib Singh Verma. Pravesh defeated AAP's Jarnail Singh in the 2014 polls, securing over 48 percent votes against the former's 28 percent. Congress's Mahabal Mishra, who had won in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, was relegated to the third position with just over 14 percent vote share. The West Delhi constituency has a large concentration of Jat, Sikh and Punjabi voters along with Purvanchalis. Pravesh Verma has the support of Shiromani Akali Dal. Both Pravesh Verma and Balbir Singh Jakhar are from the Jat community and may cut each other's votes. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
West Delhi: Sitting MP Parvesh Verma from the BJP, Balbir Singh Jakhar from the AAP and Congress’ candidate Mahabal Mishra are in the electoral fray for the West Delhi seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Verma is the son of late BJP leader and former Delhi chief minister Sahib Singh Verma. Pravesh defeated AAP's Jarnail Singh in the 2014 polls, securing over 48 percent votes against the former's 28 percent. Congress's Mahabal Mishra, who had won in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, was relegated to the third position with just over 14 percent vote share. The West Delhi constituency has a large concentration of Jat, Sikh and Punjabi voters along with Purvanchalis. Pravesh Verma has the support of Shiromani Akali Dal. Both Pravesh Verma and Balbir Singh Jakhar are from the Jat community and may cut each other's votes. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
<strong>North West Delhi:</strong> The BJP replaced its incumbent MP Udit Raj with singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans in the reserved constituency, while the Congress has fielded two-time MLA Rajesh Lilothia. Both Hans and Lilothia are reportedly from the Valmiki community, while the AAP has fielded Guggan Singh Ranga who is Jatav and has spent his life in the constituency. In 2014 polls, Udit Raj won the North-West Delhi seat with a margin of over a lakh vote, defeating AAP’s Rakhi Birla. Congress’ Krishna Tirath was pushed to the third spot. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
North West Delhi: The BJP replaced its incumbent MP Udit Raj with singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans in the reserved constituency, while the Congress has fielded two-time MLA Rajesh Lilothia. Both Hans and Lilothia are reportedly from the Valmiki community, while the AAP has fielded Guggan Singh Ranga who is Jatav and has spent his life in the constituency. In 2014 polls, Udit Raj won the North-West Delhi seat with a margin of over a lakh vote, defeating AAP’s Rakhi Birla. Congress’ Krishna Tirath was pushed to the third spot. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
<strong>South Delhi:</strong> Congress candidate Olympic medal winning pugilist Vijender Singh is taking on BJP’s seasoned Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha in a constituency with mix of rural and urban voters. Jats and Gujjars along with Poorvanchalis, who hail from eastern UP and Bihar, make a large chunk of 20.67 lakh voters in the constituency. In 2014, Bidhuri, a Gujjar, managed to win against AAP's Devinder Sehrawat (he recently joined BJP) by a margin of over 1.07 lakh votes. Congress' Ramesh Kumar (brother of Sajjan Kumar) was pushed to a distant third. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
South Delhi: Congress candidate Olympic medal winning pugilist Vijender Singh is taking on BJP’s seasoned Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha in a constituency with mix of rural and urban voters. Jats and Gujjars along with Poorvanchalis, who hail from eastern UP and Bihar, make a large chunk of 20.67 lakh voters in the constituency. In 2014, Bidhuri, a Gujjar, managed to win against AAP's Devinder Sehrawat (he recently joined BJP) by a margin of over 1.07 lakh votes. Congress' Ramesh Kumar (brother of Sajjan Kumar) was pushed to a distant third. ( Image courtesy: Twitter, IANS& Facebook)
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