By Nivedita Singh
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the most number of candidates with declared criminal cases contesting the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, followed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi, which will go to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase of the general elections, will see a triangular contest between the BJP, AAP and the Congress.
Three of BJP’s seven candidates and two AAP contestants have declared criminal cases.
The Congress has named only one candidate with declared criminal cases.
Chandni Chowk, New Delhi and North West Lok Sabha seats will see a contest between candidates with no declared criminal cases.
Two North East Delhi candidates — sitting BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey — have three and one criminal cases respectively.
The cases against Tiwari were related to criminal intimidation, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention and causing hurt and wrongful restraint.
Pandey had one case under the Press and Registration of Books Act for poster publication.
The two are contesting against three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, having zero declared cases.
In East Delhi, out of the three top candidates, two – BJP’s celebrity candidate Gautam Gambhir and AAP’s Atishi – have declared one criminal case each.
The two are facing Arvinder Singh Lovely from the Congress without any declared criminal cases.
In South Delhi, sitting BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri – having two declared criminal cases – is pitted against two young leaders with zero criminal cases. AAP has named 30-year-old Chartered Accountant Raghav Chadha while Congress has fielded boxer Vijender Singh.
In West Delhi, while the BJP and AAP have named candidates with zero criminal cases, Congress candidate Mahabal Mishra has declared three criminal cases.
The cases against Mishra are related to criminal intimidation, rape, kidnapping, assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, forgery for purpose of cheating and house-trespass in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment.
In the Chandini Chowk parliamentary seat, BJP sitting MP Harsh Vardhan is contesting the against AAP’s Pankaj Gupta. The Congress has named J.P. Agarwal. The three have declared zero criminal cases.
Similarly, in the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat, BJP’s sitting MP Meenakashi Lekhi is facing Congress leader Ajay Maken. The AAP has named Brijesh Goyal.
In North West, BJP has named singer Hans Raj Hans against AAP’s Gugan Singh. The Congress has fielded Rajesh Lilothia.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won all the seven seats in Delhi.
(Nivedita Singh can be contacted at [email protected])