New Delhi, Apr 22: Delhi is set for an interesting contest in Lok Sabha elections with the Congress and the BJP Monday declaring their candidates, who include a former Chief Minister and two famous sportspersons. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has already declared its candidates.The Congress on Monday fielded Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh as its candidate for the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat.A high-profile boxer, Singh won the bronze medal in 2008 Olympics. He later turned professional. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has watched some of his bouts.After his name was announced, Singh, in a tweet, said that he has always made the country proud in the boxing ring and he would strive to serve the people in his new role."In more than 20 yrs of my career in boxing i have always made my country proud in the ring. Now its time to do something for my countrymen & serve them. I would like to accept this opportunity," he said.
Singh, who hails from Haryana's Bhiwani, thanked the Congress, Rahul Gandhi and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi for the responsibility given to him.On the other hand BJP on Monday announced the names of two more candidates from the national capital, fielding cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency and re-nominating sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi from the New Delhi seat.Gambhir, who replaced sitting MP Maheish Girri, will face Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP's Atishi.
A veteran of 58 Tests and 147 one-day internationals, Gambhir was a key member of the Indian teams that won the World T20 in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011. He formally joined the BJP on March 22.Hailing from Rajinder Nagar, Gambhir (37) was a high-profile campaigner for Arun Jaitley in Amritsar during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, BJP had lost that constituency.Since then, Gambhir has been vehemently supporting the saffron party and the Narendra Modi-led government's policies on Twitter, often drawing flak from certain quarters.Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit entered the poll fray from North East Delhi and will be facing BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari and the AAP's Dilip Pandey.Meanwhile, well-known hair dresser Jawed Habib on Monday joined the BJP in the presence of party national secretary Tarun Chugh.Chugh was accompanied by the party's national media co-incharge Sanjay Mayukh.Welcoming Habib into the party, Mayukh said he joined the party inspired by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.News24 Bureau/ Agencies