New Delhi: In the Delhi assembly elections for 2020, the Kalkaji constituency was witness to a high-stakes battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Dharamvir Singh, Congress’s Shivani Chopra and Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Atishi.
For Atishi, who has worked with the AAP Delhi government to reform the education system, this is her second election. Having been on the sidelines of electoral politics since 2013, Atishi contested elections for the first time last year in the Lok Sabha elections. She came third and lost her deposit from East Delhi constituency.
Singh is a leader in the BJP state unit, while Chopra is the daughter of Congress Delhi president Subhash Chopra, who has represented the constituency thrice.
AAP won the seat in 2015, and decided to replace its sitting candidate in the constituency this election.
In Kalkaji, Atishi's campaign has been focused on the government's work in education.
A member of the political affairs committee of the AAP, Atishi has been an integral part of the party since its inception. She has served as an advisor to the education minister and worked on key projects to revamp the education system in the national capital.
Atishi is a graduate of St Stephens College, Delhi University, who went on to pursue her Masters from Oxford College. She is also a Rhodes Scholar in Educational Research from Oxford. Before entering politics, Atishi worked as an activist to bring change in the education system in Madhya Pradesh.
A year before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she was appointed in-charge of the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency where she worked to prepare the party organisation for general elections.