New delhi sources stated that congress on saturday evening released its first list of 54 candidates for the delhi assembly elections, which included 10 women and a number of ministers of the Sheila Dikshit government. Meanwhile of the 54 nominees, 33 are making their debut in the assembly elections. Four muslim candidates also figured in the list. Accordingly former Union minister krishna Tirath has been fielded from patel nagar assembly constituency. She was a cabinet colleague of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Apart from Tirath, four former ministers ashok kumar Walia, Narendar Nath, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf have been nominated for the february 8 polls.
Perhaps Walia has been fielded from krishna nagar and Narendar Nath from Shahdara. Lovely, who had also been the party's delhi unit president and had contested 2019 lok sabha polls, has been fielded from gandhi nagar while Yusuf has been nominated for Ballimaran seat and the delhi Congress' working presidents Rajesh Lilothia and Devender Yadav got tickets from Mangolpuri and Badli constituencies respectively.
Meanwhile sitting mla adarsh Shastri who joined the congress from the AAP hours before the announcement of the list was fielded from the Dwarka seat that he held in outgoing Assembly. He was denied ticket by the AAP. Also another former AAP mla Alka Lamba from chandni Chowk who recently joined the congress got ticket from the same seat. Moreover Laxman Rawat will face deputy chief minister manish Sisodia on Patparganj seat. However, the congress is yet to announce its candidate on New delhi seat which is being contested by AAP National Convener and delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.