Chandni Chowk: Union Minister from BJP faces a new challenger from Congress

Chandni Chowk Constituency Roundup

Chandni Chowk sees contest between a Union Minister and fresh challenger from Congress. Pic: Juan Segal (CC BY:SA 2.0)

Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency comprises 10 assembly constituencies: Adarsh Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Shakur Basti, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Model Town, Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal and Ballimaran. The constituency came into existence in its current form after a delimitation exercise in 1993 and 2008. So far, two Lok Sabha elections held in 2009 and 2014 have seen winners from the Congress and BJP respectively.  

A total of 26 candidates are contesting from political parties and as independents from Chandni Chowk. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has rejected  29 applications for the constituency for various reasons.

According to the ECI website, the constituency has a total of 15,62,268   voters.
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2014 Lok Sabha Elections

Incumbent MP: Dr Harsh Vardan

Name of candidate Party Votes secured Vote share (over total votes polled)
Dr Harsh Vardan BJP 4,37,938 44.58
Ashutosh AAP 3,01,618 30.71
Kapil Sibal INC 1,76,206 17.94
NOTA 4,534 0.46

Source: ECI

Know your candidates

Dr Harsh Vardhan (Bharatiya Janata Party)

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The incumbent MP from BJP is up for reelection in Chandni Chowk. Dr Harsh Vardhan was the CM candidate of the BJP in the 2013 elections. He has been elected MLA four times form the Krishna Nagar constituency.

More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the ECI here

Read more about him here.

Financial details of candidate:

Year Assets Liabilities
2014 40,11,309.38 (movable) + 2,42,48,000 (immovable ) 17,80,492
2019 59,23,897 (movable) + 2,42,48,000 (immovable) Nil

Source: MyNeta

Jai Prakash Agarwal (Indian National Congress)

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Jai Prakash Agarwal is the INC candidate from Chandni Chowk. He has previously served as MP of North East Delhi in 2009. He lost the Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi to BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari during his releection bid in 2014.

More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the ECI here.

Financial details of candidate

Year Assets Liabilities
2014 7,25,36,400 (immovable) + 1,14,38,445(movable) Nil
2019 1,70,03,171 (movable) +      7,91,56,000 (immovable) Nil

Source: MyNeta

Pankaj Gupta (Aam Aadmi Party)

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Pankaj Gupta is the AAP candidate from Chandni Chowk. He is the party secretary and also a member of the party’s political affiars committee, a key decision-making body. This is his first contest in the Lok Sabha polls. An engineer by profession, he had a successful career in the field efore transitioning to politics in 2012 with the Aam Aadmi Party.

More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the ECI here.

Financial details of candidate:

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 11,39,60,922 (movable) +9,02,66,294  (immovable) 9,02,66,294

Source: MyNeta

List of other candidates contesting from Chandni Chowk

S. No Name Party Age Education Occupation
1 Shahid Ali Bahujan Samaj Party 46 BL Advocate
2 Anil Kumar Rashtriya Rashtrawadi Party 37 BA Self-employed
3 Ashok Kumar Republican Party of India 67 Class X Retiree
4 Inder Sen Rashtriya Samrasta Party 36 Class X Businessman
5 Mohd. Qureshi Ekta Samaj Party 57 BA Businessman
6 Kamal Kishor People’s Party of India 67 BA Retiree
7 Deepti Chopra Prism 52 BA Homoeopath
8 Ravindra Kanshiram Bahujan Dal 43 Class VIII Self-employed
9 Richa Kanaujia Right to Recall Party 46 LLB Advocate
10 Vishal Khanna Sanatan Sanskriti Raksha Dal 37 Class X Businessman
11 Virender Singh Aapki Apni Party 38 Class VII Businessman
12 Shareshta Arora Mazdoor Kirayedar Vikas Party 42 Class XII Self-employed
13 Satdev Jain Proutist Bloc 53 Class XII Businessman
14 Sameer Mirza Bharat Prabhat Party 29 Clss XII Businessman
15 Suman Devi Bharat Lok Sewak Party 53 BA Self-employed
16 Sohan Sharma Rashtra Nirman Party 78 B.Tech Self-employed
17 Saurabh Ranjan Pyramid Party of India 33 MBBS Acupuncturist
18 Jugal Kishor Independent 37 B.Com Consultant
19 Pankaj Gupta Independent 57 Class XII Social Worker
20 Farha Deeba Independent 38 Class XII Designer
21 Munna Lal Independent 37 Class X Unemployed
22 Ravi Kumar Independent 33 BA Self-employed


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