Battered and shattered Congress, which is trying hard to consolidate its vote bank in the upcoming municipal elections, got a major bolt on Monday with senior party leader and former minister A.K. Walia threatening to quit the party. HT had earlier reported that after the BJP decided not to repeat sitting councillors or their family members in the polls, it received 33,000 applications from aspirants, including a dhaba owner, a para-athlete, a fashion designer and even a student of Delhi University. The final list named Rubina as party candidate from Quraish Nagar in NDMC and Jamal Haidar from Abul Fazal Enclave in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Over 39,000 grassroot workers were consulted on their choice of candidates from their wards, before the final selection of the candidates was done, he added.
Former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and former state Minister Haroon Yusuf also expressed concern over the functioning of the Congress state unit headed by former Union Minister Ajay Maken. The party had yesterday announced its first list of 160 candidates.
Mukesh Goel, leader of opposition in North Delhi Municipal Corporation has been given ticket from Sarai Peepal Than ward.
Among those given tickets by Congress on Sunday night, many are relatives of former councillors and party leaders.
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The BJP has given five tickets to its ally Akali Dal which will contest in Pratap Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Kalkaji, GTB Nagar and Rajendra Nagar on Lotus symbol of the BJP.
The party, however, claimed that including fresh faces was the focus of its ticket distribution and that as many as 210 of the 272 candidates are first-timers.
Filing of nominations for the April 23 election will end at 6 PM today.
"All queries relating to Delhi municipal elections should be directed at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) at DDU marg", Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.