The Congress party announced that Ramesh Kumar and J.P Aggarwal will be their candidates for North East Delhi and South Delhi constituencies.
The names came in late, just one day before the last date for giving in nominations.
Earlier, Congress had been forced to withdraw the names of their first choice candidates Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. Both the candidates had to face the heat
for their role in the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.
Things came to a head when a Sikh journalist threw a shoe at the home minister P. Chidambaram, when he was holding a press conference. The journalist was questioning why Jagish Tytler had received clean chit by the CBI, regarding his role in the 1984 riots.
Tytler, who has contested and won three elections, said no First Information Report (F.I.R) had been filed against him in any police station.
“The CBI only enquired on the basis of affidavits filed. There is no case, but an investigation on the basis of an affidavit. Had there been anything discovered, only
then the case could be filed,” he added. He also criticized the media for all the fuss and confusion created on the matter.
“If I would have fought even this time, I would have won by 2,00,000 votes. I have never lost from any Sikh area during elections previously,” he added.
Tytler said that if the party wants him to quit he will not have any problems and would rather respect the party’s decision.
“I have left it to the Congress President. My heart says if it is not in the interest of the party, I believe I shouldn’t’ fight elections,” said Tytler.
After the incident, Congress decided to change nominees and axe Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler from their candidature position.
“It was a considered decision. It was made after keeping all aspects in mind and consultations,” party spokesman Ashwini Kumar told reporters, replying to queries
on whether it was proper to give a party ticket to the brother of Sajjan Kumar.
The announcement for new candidates was delayed as there were some sections of the party who protested against nominating Ramesh Kumar in place of his brother Sajjan Kumar.
However there were no protests against the fielding of J.P. Aggarwal from North East Delhi. Two-time Lok Sabha MP, J.P. Aggarwal is currently a Rajya Sabha member.
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