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August 28, 2013

Delhi Election 2013 Sultanpur Majra

Controversy follows Jai Kishan, the three-time Congress MLA from Sultanpur Majra, wherever he goes. One hears umpteen number of stories of high-handness of the MLA and his sons Rahul and Varun. Yet, he looks set to retain the constituency .

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been a runner-up to Jai Kishan most of the times, appears to be in no position to dislodge the MLA. Sushila Bagri, daughter of 2008 BJP candidate Nand Ram Bagri, is seeking party’s nomination. So are Ramchander Chavria, a Delhi BJP leader from Outer Delhi and Rahul Shahi, who defected to the BJP from the BSP. 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fair support in this lower middle class constituency where over 95 per cent of the electorate belong to the Scheduled Castes. 

The BSP is a force to reckon with and the names of Sanjay Gupta and Mukesh Ahlawat are in circulation for the party nomination. 
JAI Kishan (55) is a big admirer of late Sanjay Gandhi. Though he joined Delhi politics in 1991, over a decade after Sanjay died, the trajectory of his political career does remind of the younger son of former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi. Like Sanjay, Jai Kishan is brash and does not mind taking law into his hands. He has allegedly been involved in several cases of assault, intimidation and riots, including 1984 anti-Sikh riots. In 2011, a Delhi Court even ticked off the MLA for misusing the provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to put his enemies into a spot of bother. In 1998, he was denied ticket after his name figured in a 1984 riot case. Jai Kishan’s son Varun was also named in an FIR in 2007 for allegedly assaulting a vendor. Read more..

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