NEW DELHI, April 23—Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Smt. Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by thousands of Congress workers, filed her nomination papers at the DC office, Nand Nagri for the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat today. The six other Congress candidates from Delhi also filed their nomination papers today at the office of the returning officer in their respective areas, who included Shri Ajay Maken from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal from Chandni Chowk, DPCC working president Shri Rajesh Lilothia from North West Delhi, Shri Arvinder Singh Lovely from East Delhi, Shri Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi and Shri Vijender Singh from South Delhi.
Thousands of Congress workers, wearing Congress caps and scarf, who assembled at the Sonia Vihar Chowk near the Signature Bridge, proceeded with Smt. Sheila Dikshit to the DC office at Nand Nagri via Khajoori Chowk, Yamuna Vihar and Bhajanpura Chowk to file her nomination papers. The Congress workers raised slogans such as “Congress Party Zindabad, Rahul Gandhi Zindabad, Sheila Dikshit Zindabad” etc. while proceeding to the DC office, and the Congress procession was around 3km long.
After filing her nomination papers, Smt. Sheila Dikshit said that she was familiar with the constituency as she had contested her first election in Delhi from this constituency, and has an emotional attachment with it. “I know the people here and they know me. We started the Metro project from here, our reputation is of working for the people”. She said that she was energized by the enthusiasm shown by the Congress workers for her Lok Sabha candidature from North East Delhi, and she was confident of pulling off a comfortable victory with the unstinted support of the Congress cadres.
Smt. Sheila Dikshit said that she can face the voters of the constituency with the strong backing of the development works she carried out during her 15-year rule of the Congress in Delhi under her stewardship, and it was from the North East Delhi that the Delhi Metro started its first line, before enlarging its network to almost all parts of Delhi. Smt. Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress Government during its 15-year-rule delivered so much that people still fondly recall those achievements and want the Congress back in power once again, to carry forward the development works started by the Congress Governments both at the Centre and in Delhi.
Smt. Sheila Dikshit said that her election campaign would put thrust on the achievements of the Congress Governments, and the salient features in the Congress manifesto, and the promises made by Congress president Shri Rahul Gandhi, and the programmes and policies he has espoused. She once again asserted that the Congress party will sweep all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, and the Congress, under the dynamic leadership of Shri Rahul Gandhi, will form a Government at the Centre.