New Delhi: Pro-Modi slogans greeted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday as he arrived to file his nomination from the New Delhi constituency for upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections.
The slogans were raised outside the election office by BJP workers.
Shortly after, the AAP chief filed his nomination papers to contest Delhi Assembly Elections from the New Delhi Assembly constituency.
Speaking to reporters later, Kejriwal accused the media of becoming obsessed with BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi. He added that “now, the people will decide”.
The AAP convenor was supposed to file his nomination papers yesterday, but failed to do so after his roadshow got delayed and he could not reach the election office in time.
The BJP has fielded a young party member Nupur Sharma to take on Kejriwal in the New Delhi seat.
The Congress has pitted former Delhi minister Kiran Walia against the AAP leader from the prestigious constituency.
With BJP announcing Kiran Bedi as its CM candidate, the contest in the capital has become interesting with two ex-Team Anna members taking on each other.
The BJP's decision to name Bedi, 65, as its chief ministerial candidate came after the party leadership felt that they needed a credible local face to take on Kejriwal, who has strong anti-corruption credentials.
To assess the mood of the people of Delhi, Zee News commissioned a survey through TALEEM Research Foundation.
As per the survey, three out of 10 or 31.7 percent voters unanimously indicated their choice as Kejriwal for the CM post. On the other hand, as far as BJP is concerned, the most frequently mentioned name is that of Dr Harsh Vardhan (11.3 percent), Kiran Bedi (5.0 percent), Narendra Modi (4.8 percent) followed by a whole list of names who have been chosen by less than 2.0 percent voters, namely Smriti Irani, Satish Upadhyay, Manoj Kumar, Vijay Goyel and Sushma Swaraj.
Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 will be held in a single phase on February 7 with the counting of votes scheduled for February 10. Delhi has 70 Assembly seats.
In 2013 Assembly elections BJP had won 31 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8.
Delhi has been under President’s Rule since February after the AAP government quit after ruling for 49 days last year.
The total electorate of Delhi is 1.3 crore and the total number of polling stations are 11,763.