Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal to contest against Sheila Dikshit in the coming Delhi Assembly elections.Kejeriwal to contest against Shiela Dixit
During the party convention on Sunday meet with volunteers,Kejriwal decided that he would contest against Dikshit as she had "become the symbol of corruption in Delhi". to take a decision on which seat Kejriwal will contest, AAP founder also chose to attack BJP, saying the party fielded weak candidates against Dikshit in the previous polls and challenged Vijay Goel to contest against him and Dikshit.
He said he wished to contest from New Delhi constituency and take on Dikshit directly in the electoral contest. Dikshit has earlier contested elections from New Delhi constituency.
"If she decides to avoid such a contest in New Delhi constituency out of fear and move to another, I will also move to the seat from where she is contesting," he said after the workers suggested that he fight against the Chief Minister. The Aam Aadmi Party leader also asked Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel to fight elections from the same constituency. "I would also like to challenge Mr Vijay Goel to contest the same election with me from the same constituency. We are the main contenders in the upcoming elections," Kejriwal said. Alleging that the BJP was playing an "already fixed" match with Congress in Delhi, he said, "People have realised that BJP deliberately fields weak candidates against the chief minister. This time, there are is a fight among its leaders on who will be their chief ministerial candidate." "Only AAP can defeat Congress in Delhi in the coming assembly elections. BJP and Congress have indulged in match fixing in the last 15 years. BJP is hand in glove with Dikshit. Hence, only AAP can defeat Congress in Delhi," he claimed. Asked by some party workers as to why Kejriwal was not contesting against Goel, party leader Kumar Vishwas sarcastically said, "Bofors are not used to kill mosquitoes." "Since the BJP has lost assembly elections held in the past 15 years, its name is already out of the political scenario of Delhi. BJP is out of Delhi's political scene. And AAP is the new entrant," said Vishwas. However, the final ratification of Kejriwal's candidature will come after a process, which includes collecting 100 signatures from people in constituency and interviews with screening committee and Political Affairs Committee of AAP.
AAP has already announced the names of 44 shortlisted candidates for 12 constituencies, including Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh. There will be a second round of screening followed by preferential voting by active volunteers from each area before the number comes down to 12.
The final decision will be taken by the Political Affairs Committee of the party. Kejriwal had said that AAP's selection process was a way to "cleanse politics" while challenging the BJP and the Congress not to field tainted candidates. Lawyer and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan also supported the decision of Kejriwal contesting against Dikshit, saying "If we want to change the political system of the country, we will field Kejriwal opposite the personality, who is symbol of this political system,”.