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Arvind Kejriwal to take on Shiela Dikshit in Delhi polls

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Arvind Kejriwal to take on Shiela Dikshit in Delhi polls
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New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday set the ball rolling for a direct electoral fight with Sheila Dikshit in the coming Delhi Assembly elections here choosing to contest from the constituency where the Delhi chief minister will file her nomination from.

At a convention of Aam Aadmi Party workers to decide from where he will contest in the November elections, Kejriwal also chose to attack the 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 the New Delhi constituency and take on Dikshit directly in the electoral contest.

"If she decides to avoid such a contest in the 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.

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 the screening committee and political affairs committee of AAP.

In 1998, Dikshit defeated BJP candidate Kirti Azad in Gole Market seat by a margin of 5,667 votes after garnering 24,881 votes and five years later, she defeated Poonam Azad by 12,935 votes after polling 25,156.

After delimitation exercise, the Gole Market seat became defunct and she moved to the New Delhi seat which has most localities in the previous seat. Dikshit has won from the seat defeating BJP's Vijay Jolly by 13,982 votes after polling 39,778 votes.

"Why have we chosen to take on Dikshit? Delhi wants to get rid of Dikshit because she has become the symbol of corruption," Kejriwal alleged.

PTI

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