Vijender Singh
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New Delhi: Congress has declared Olympic medallist boxer Vijender Singh as its candidate from the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

According to a statement issued by the party, Vijender Singh will be the Congress candidate from South Delhi. Vijender will fight Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP and Raghav Chadha of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Vijender had won a bronze medal for the country in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

With the announcement of this candidacy, the Congress has declared candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi.

Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been given the Congress ticket from North-East Delhi from where Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey are in the electoral fray.

Former state president of Pradesh Congress Committee Ajay Maken has been nominated from the New Delhi seat. JP Agarwal is contesting from Chandni Chowk. Rajesh Lilothia is the Congress candidate from North-West Delhi. Mahabal Mishra has been fielded from West Delhi while Arvinder Singh Lovely is contesting from East Delhi.

With all but one candidate of the BJP undeclared, the three-cornered electoral contest in Delhi looks like this:

  BJP INC AAP
New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi Ajay Maken Brajesh Goyal
Chandni Chowk Dr Harsh Vardhan JP Agarwal Pankaj Gupta
North-East Delhi Manoj Tiwari Sheila Dikshit Dilip Pandey
North-West Delhi Not decided yet Rajesh Lilothia Gugan Singh
South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri Vijender Singh Raghav Chadha
West Delhi Parvesh Verma Mahabal Mishra Balbir S Jakhar
East Delhi Gautam Gambhir Arvinder S Lovely Atishi

The Congress has declared a total of 422 candidates for the Lok Sabha election, including the names of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who expressed her desire to contest from Varanasi, the seat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leadership has not obliged her yet. Sources say, her entry into full-time politics is meant for rejuvenating the party workers for the next Uttar Pradesh election.

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