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BSP declares 4 LS candidates in Delhi

January 15, 2009 14:33 IST

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Jumping into the Lok Sabha electoral fray in the national capital, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has declared candidates for four constituencies. One of the candidates is a billionaire, who unsuccessfully contested the Delhi [Images] assembly polls in 2008.

Three of the four candidates chosen are Muslims, a move described by BSP Delhi unit president Brahma Singh Bidhuri as "part of a strategy".

The BSP has declared candidates for South Delhi, East Delhi, Chandni Chowk and Northeast Delhi.

Kanwar Singh Tanwar, who lost the last assembly elections from Chhattarpur seat, has been selected to fight from South Delhi parliamentary constituency this time.

Tanwar, BSP's Delhi general secretary, had declared assets worth more than Rs 100 crore during the Assembly elections.

The candidate for East Delhi, Asif Khan is a neurologist at a leading private hospital in Delhi. Haji Mustaqeem and Haji Dilshad will contest from Chandni Chowk and Northeast Delhi seats, respectively.

"We have selected four candidates for the coming Lok Sabha polls. Announcements for the remaining three seats will be made very soon," Bidhuri told PTI.

Party sources said BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh [Images] Chief Minister Mayawati [Images] is expected to hold a meeting with Delhi leaders on Saturday to discuss strategy for the upcoming elections and even the names of candidates on the remaining three seats.

However, though the party has announced the list of candidates on four seats, changes could be made in the future before the elections, sources said.

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