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Cong likely to announce its 7 Delhi candidates on Saturday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The is likely to announce the names of its candidates for all seven seats in the national capital on Saturday and its unit and former chief may be fielded from East Delhi, sources said Friday.

The central election committee (CEC) of the finalised the names of its candidates for four seats Thursday.

"The list of all the seven candidates is expected to be released on Saturday," All India Committee(AICC) in-charge of unit P C told

Former Chief Sheila Dikshit's name is under "serious consideration" as the candidate from East Delhi, said a senior party leader, adding she may be fielded if her son Sandip declines to contest.

The party has also short-listed the names of former Delhi and Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar for the South Delhi parliamentary seat.

"In view of significance of Purvanchali voters in the national capital, the party can field former from West Delhi that has a sizeable population of the community belonging to Eastern UP and Bihar," he said.

The party is likely to field former Union minister from Chandni Chowk, former Delhi minister from North West seat, former state unit chief from and former J P Agarwal from North East Delhi constituency, the sources said.

The sources did not rule out the possibility of an alliance with the (AAP) in Delhi despite leaders of both parties publicly talking tough.

As a last-ditch attempt to salvage possibility of the tie-up, the two sides may come on the table for talks, the sources said referring to Chacko's remarks at a press conference that "we are still ready (for alliance) if the is willing to have an alliance in Delhi alone. We want to fight the BJP together."

AAP's Sanjay Singh, who was holding alliance talks with the Congress, said, "Our sincerity to stop the BJP in is reflected by the fact that we became a junior partner to a four-month-old party (led by Dushyant Chautala) and agreed to contest only less than half the seats in the state."

The was eager for an alliance with the Congress in so that the BJP could be defeated on all the 10 seats, he said.

"That's why we were prepared to give Congress three seats in Delhi. But they refused an alliance," he said.

The formalised its tie-up with JJP in where it will contest on three seats while the latter will field candidates on the remaining seven constituencies.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 22:25 IST