President’s daughter Sharmishta to contest Delhi polls on Congress ticket

President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishta Mukherjee was among the 15 candidates named by the Congress Thursday for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls.

sharmishtaA Kathak dancer by training and a JNU alumnus, Sharmishta was groomed in politics within the family as her father held almost all the key posts in the country from the finance to defence to external affairs ministry and now being the president.

Sharmishta Mukherjee, 49, will contest from the Greater Kailash Colony assembly constituency in south Delhi. She will take on Aam Aadmi Party leader and former transport minister Saurabh Bhardwaj.

In the last assembly polls, Congress leader Virender Kasana had contested unsuccessfully from the seat.

Besides, former transport minister Ramakant Goswami did not make the cut. He too was defeated from Rajinder Nagar in the 2013 assembly polls. The party has fielded Brahm Yadav in Goswami’s place.

With this, the tally of declared Congress candidates for the polls has reached 64. With six more names to be announced from the Congress, voting for the 70-member assembly will take place on Feb 7 and results will be out on Feb 10.


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