Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia will file his nomination today from the Patparganj assembly segment. His rally to the SDM office will start with a padyatra and then a bike rally.
The battle for the Capital is a prestige war for Kejriwal’s ruling AAP, which is seeking re-election after a thumping victory in 2015 when the party won 67 of (seats in the Assembly. Kejriwal, who has sought to keep the focus of the electoral battle on his government development works such as the Mohalla clinics and model schools, had earlier said his party was eyeing all 320 seats. Taking a cue from Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, Kejriwal also roped in election strategist Prashant Kishor’s political consultancy firm I-PAC in his quest to return as Delhi chief minister for the second consecutive term next year, though the firm has had too short a period to deliver.
The AAP launched its campaign last month with the slogan ‘Ache beete 5 saal, lage raho Kejriwal’ (Past 5 years have been good, keep going with Kejriwal). Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia too has said he was confident of his party’s success.
So far as the BJP is concerned, the party’s CEC will meet today to finalize the list of candidates for the Delhi elections.