'Congress is confident'

Congress’ face for the February 7 elections Ajay Maken on Wednesday filed nomination and warned rivals not to underestimate the grand old party which has a history of bouncing back after bad patches.

Accompanied with mass gathering of Congress workers and supporters around 2 pm, the AICC general secretary submitted nomination papers and declared his assets to the returning officer at Vikas Bhawan near the busy ITO intersection in central Delhi.

Although Maken is contesting from Sadar Bazaar, the largest wholesale market in the capital, the Congress campaign chief said he was in a direct contest with BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi as well as the AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal.

Visibly reluctant to project himself as the grand old party’s chief ministerial candidate, Maken said, “My direct fight is with Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal.”Maken asserted, “Congress is confident of its victory in Assembly elections. One should not forget, every election is a different election.”

Asked how different 2015 Assembly election is going to be for the Congress, he said, “The biggest difference on its own is that in the previous elections, we were the ruling party. There was a double anti-incumbency in the 2013 Assembly elections.”

“Both AAP and BJP were making tall promises, which had no basis. Now, people have seen these parties’ performance, people have seen the 49-day government of AAP, and the BJP’s seven-month government at the Centre,” Maken added.

Maken, who had lost the Lok Sabha polls from New Delhi constituency, claimed, “Both parties have miserably failed to fulfil the tall promises, the dreams which they had sold to the people. AAP and BJP are two sides of the same coin as anti-Congressism is their thought.”

On two rival chief ministerial candidates, Maken said, “Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal used to wave flags standing beside Anna Hazare, they got into politics by climbing on his shoulder.” Maken is up against incumbent Som Dutt Sharma of the AAP and Praveen Jain of the BJP in a constituency that was a Congress bastion.

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