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By Sujay Mehdudia
Not only has this `desire' to scale further heights caused ripples within the party in Delhi, it has also become a major headache for the party high command and its representatives who are increasingly coming across cases where area Councillors are staking their claim for party nomination even in segments which have a sitting Congress MLA.
Political observers are of the view that if this trend is not curbed by some solid action or initiative by the party leadership on the issue of Councillors contesting Assembly polls, the party would stand to suffer lot of damage as by the time elections are round the corner, a lot of bad blood would have been created between the two representatives which will make rapprochement virtually impossible. The party leadership in Delhi or the high command has still to come clear on the issue and decide whether or not the Councillors would be in the running for the party nominations.
Already many in the party are of the view that the race for gaining an entry into the Delhi Assembly has led to a surge in the prospective candidates among the Congress Councillors. And the list reads who's who of the party in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Heading the list of candidates who are desperately looking for a party ticket is the Delhi Mayor, Ashok Kumar Jain, who desires a party nomination from the Hauz Khas Assembly segment presently represented by the Congress MLA, Kiran Walia. He is closely followed by Leader of the House in MCD, Ram Babu Sharma, who nurses the dream of making it to the Assembly by contesting polls from the Babbarpur Assembly segment in East Delhi presently held by the BJP MLA, Naresh Gaur. Then there is the former Mayor, Jaishree Panwar, who is fighting for a party ticket from Malviya Nagar segment represented by the former Delhi Minister, Yoganand Shastri.
The list gets more interesting as the number of contenders among the MCD Councillors increases with each passing day. The two-time Councillor, Shaloo Malik, is in the race for a party nomination from Timarpur Assembly segment. Expelled Congress MLA, Jagdish Anand, presently holds this constituency. Also in the race is the tainted Congress Councillor from Model Town, Nathu Naggar, who is seeking the party ticket from Model Town Assembly constituency in place of the sitting party MLA, Kanwar Karan Singh. The Deputy Leader of the Standing Committee, Ashok Jain, is seeking party ticket from Paharganj constituency represented by Anjali Rai. Similarly, Ramesh Pandit is seeking party ticket from Ghazipur, Sanjay Puri from Janakpuri, Ajit Chaudhary from Yamuna Vihar, Zamir Ahmed Munna from Seelampur in the Congress camp.
In the BJP camp also there are contenders, which include Leader of the Opposition in Standing Committee, Vijender Kumar from Badli, Arti Mehra from Hauz Khas, Subhash Arya from Rajouri Garden Assembly segments respectively. ``If no remedial steps are taken by the Congress high command to settle the issue once for all, the party could face a lot of trouble including prospects of defeat in a large number of Assembly segments. A decision on this issue has to be taken without any further delay,'' a senior Congress leader remarked.
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