The battle between the Delhi Chief Ministerial candidates -- AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, BJP's new entrant Kiran Bedi and Congress' Ajay Maken -- officially began on Wednesday after all three filed their nominations for the Delhi Assembly elections to be held on 7 February.
While former IPS officer Bedi filed her nomination from the Krishna Nagar constituency, Kejriwal will contest the election from New Delhi constituency, according to IANS report.
Congress campaign panel chief Maken, who is the party's CM candidate for Congress in this election, filed his nomination from Sadar Bazar constituency.
"I am the chair of the campaign committee of the Congress party and the general secretary of the AICC (All India Congress Committee). I am contesting election [sic] from Sadar (Bazar assembly constituency)," Maken said.
Ahead of filing his nomination, Maken called both Kejriwal and Bedi opportunists who "used" Anna Hazare to meet their own political ambitions. He claimed that both BJP and AAP are together, The Times of India reported.
"Both these leaders represent the same opportunistic forces. Both of them used Anna Hazare and the issue of corruption to come to the fore. They were earlier in the garb of an NGO and now they want to meet their own political ambitions," Maken had said.
Speaking against both, Maken said that both the parties will join hands in future as most of the Anna Hazare followers have already joined BJP.
"Many people who were with Anna Hazare earlier have joined the BJP now. So, it will not be surprising if in future the Aam Aadmi Party also merges with the Bharatiya Janata Party. The merger of both parties is surely going to take place. Be it now, after six months or later. The people should consider this thing before casting their vote," he said.
Bedi, who has been introduced to the ruling party as the face of Delhi very recently, was accompanied by senior leaders Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel, Maheish Girri and Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate's (SDM) office to file her nomination.
Ahead of this, she participated a roadshow from the Lala Lajpat Rai chowk to the SDM's office. She also addressed media before heading to her Krishna Nagar constituency in east Delhi and said BJP will will do good practices.
"Our Delhi can become a good Delhi. We (BJP) will do good practices. We will ask for a security perception index survey. We will be moving very fast. Every department will have White Paper. We will measure where each department stands. All that is good will carry on, and all that is needed will be added," Hindustan Times quoted Bedi as saying.
Kejriwal, after filing his nomination papers on Wednesday, said his biggest challenges were corruption and price rise.
"I accept that people were angry because of our resignation earlier, but now their anger is over and they have full faith in us," IANS quoted Kejriwal as saying.
He even expressed confidence on getting majority votes in this assembly elections. "It is people who have to decide who they need to vote for... In fact, they have decided that they have to vote for AAP [sic] in full majority," he said.