BJP fields Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans from North West Delhi, drops Udit Raj

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New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2019 2:35:36 PM

Rajesh Lilothia, the Delhi Congress working president, is the party’s candidate from North-West Delhi which is a reserved seat.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday replaced sitting MP Dr Udit Raj and named Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans as its candidate for the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general elections.

Rajesh Lilothia, the Delhi Congress working president, is the party’s candidate from North-West Delhi which is a reserved seat.

Earlier today, Dr Udit Raj had threatened to resign from the BJP if denied a ticket. “I am waiting for ticket if not given to me I will do good bye to party,” his tweet had read.

Raj had said that he would contest as an independent candidate in if he doesn’t get the ticket. On Monday night, he visited the Delhi BJP office with his supporters and raised slogans. It is being reported that Hans Raj Hans was inside the building at the time.

An upset Udit Raj later told NDTV that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and AAP president Arvind Kejriwal had “warned” him.

In February 2014, Udit Raj had merged his Indian Justice Party (IJP) with the BJP ahead of the election which saw the party win by a landslide. Raj was among the seven BJP parliamentarians that led to party’s complete victory in Delhi.

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Raj had defeated the AAP’s Rakhi Birla by more than one lakh votes in North West Delhi.

Who is Hans Raj Hans?
Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans is a Padma Shri awardee known for Punjabi folk and Sufi music and has also crooned in movies. He has worked with legendary musicians such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the movie Kachche Dhaage.

In January 2009, Hans had joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and in May 2009, he contested from Punjab’s Jalandhar constituency.

Interestingly, he later resigned in December 2014 and joined the Congress in February 2016 before jumping ship and joining ranks with the BJP in December of the same year.

BJP Candidate list 2019 for Delhi Lok Sabha
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan is the BJP candidate from Chandni Chowk while BJP state unit president Manoj Tiwari will contest from North East Delhi. Parvesh Verma who is Former Delhi Chief Minister Saheb Singh Verma’s son has been pitted in West Delhi whereas Ramesh Bidhuri will contest from South Delhi.

Meenakshi Lekhi is fielded from South Delhi while former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been named to contest from East Delhi.

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