Staff Reporter

A total of 1,138 nomination papers filed

NEW DELHI: Vijay Jolly, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, filed his nomination papers for the New Delhi Assembly seat on Tuesday saying he is confident of “defeating” his arch-rival.

Mr. Jolly, whose declared accumulated assets are worth Rs.1.33 crore, against Ms. Dikshit’s Rs.1.2 crore, came to file his nomination papers accompanied by former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, Mayor Arti Mehra, and TV star Smriti Irani.

In his affidavit, Mr. Jolly claimed that while he does not own a car, he has a motorbike and along with his wife Rashmi has deposits worth Rs.30 lakh each in banks, financial institutions and non-banking financial companies. He also owns two properties in Gurgaon and Ghaziabad worth Rs.85 lakh each but does not own any house in Delhi, according to the affidavit. The last day for filing nomination papers saw a rush of candidates from all parties hurrying to complete the formalities. The Congress candidates who filed their papers included Health Minister Yoganand Shastri from Mehrauli, Deepak Tyagi from Burari, Hari Shankar Gupta from Wazirpur, Amod Kanth from Sangam Vihar, Bheesham Sharma from Ghonda, Ramesh Lamba from Hari Nagar, Mukesh Sharma from Uttam Nagar, Ramakant Goswami from Rajendra Nagar and Deepika Khullar from Krishna Nagar. Prominent BJP leaders who filed their papers on the last day included Anita Arya from Patel Nagar and Sunil Vaid from Trilokpuri. In all, 1,138 nomination papers have been filed for the polls.