New Delhi, January 22
The Congress has finalised a list of 40 star campaigners for the Delhi Assembly elections, which includes the names of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Apart from Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has also listed Priyanka Gandhi as a star campaigner. However, the surprise inclusion is Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former Punjab minister, who resigned after differences with CM Capt Amarinder Singh.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has also been included in the list. Chief ministers of Congress-ruled states--Capt Amarinder Singh, Bhupesh Baghel, Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and V Narayanasamy--have also been assigned to campaign for the party.
The list also includes four filmstars-turned-politicians--Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha, Khushbu Sunder and Naghma Morarji.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Nadeem Javed, Kirti Azad and Ragini Nayak are also in the list.
Former chief ministers Harish Rawat and Bhupinder Singh Hooda are also in the list, with young leaders Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Randeep Surjewala.
Former union minister Shashi Tharoor is being roped in for the Delhi elections to counter the AAP narrative.
The Congress is contesting on 66 seats in the Delhi elections, the voting for which is scheduled for February 8. The party is trying to regain its lost ground as the outgoing Assembly did not have any Congress member.
The Congress is banking on 15 years’ rule of Sheila Dikshit who has been given prominence in the theme song of the campaign. However, the biggest surprise is the exclusion of Sandeep Dikshit, a two-time MP, from the list. IANS
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