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Business News/ Politics / News/  Congress Lok Sabha candidate list: Kanhaiya Kumar to contest against Manoj Tiwari in North East Delhi
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Congress Lok Sabha candidate list: Kanhaiya Kumar to contest against Manoj Tiwari in North East Delhi

Kanhaiya Kumar to challenge BJP's Manoj Tiwari in Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi. Congress unveils new list of 10 candidates in Punjab, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.

Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar addresses a press conference in New Delhi (PTI)Premium
Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar addresses a press conference in New Delhi (PTI)

Political activist Kanhaiya Kumar will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections against BJP MP against Manoj Tiwari from the North East Delhi constituency. The Congress released a fresh list of candidates on Sunday, naming 10 candidates from Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The party named JP Agarwal as its candidate for the Chandni Chowk seat while former MP Udit Raj was fielded from the North West Delhi-SC seat.

Kumar is a former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president who first made waves during protests in 2016. He was arrested at the time (and later released) for raising “anti-national" slogans on campus. He had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Begusarai on a CPI ticket but lost to the BJP's Giriraj Singh. Kumar joined the Congress in September 2021. 

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party — both members of the INDIA bloc are contesting elections under a seat-sharing agreement. AAP has fielded candidates from four seats while the Congress contests three Lok Sabha constituencies. Delhi is set to vote on May 25 with the counting of votes taking place on June 4.

Who will contest against whom in Delhi?

As per the fresh list of candidates released by the Congress on Sunday evening:

  • Kanhaiya Kumar will face off against sitting MP and Bhojpuri singer Manoj Tiwari in North East Delhi.
  • JP Agarwal set to contest from Chandni Chowk against BJP candidate Praveen Khandelwal. The veteran leader had previously won the same constituency in 1984, 1989, and 1996. Meanwhile, Khandelwal is a businessman who also happens to be the founder and general secretary of the Confederation of All India Traders.
  • Udit Raj will contest from North-West Delhi against Yogendra Chandolia. He had previously won the constituency in 2014 as a BJP candidate. Raj joined Congress in 2019 after being denied a ticket by the saffron party.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 14 Apr 2024, 08:54 PM IST
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