In 2004, twenty years after the anti-Sikh riots, Sajjan Kumar was campaigning as a Congress candidate, aiming for his third term in Lok Sabha. “I am unstoppable in outer Delhi,” he asserted in an interview to web portal Rediff Results showed he was right: Kumar registered a thumping victory over former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma by 1.7 lakh votes. He had represented the constituency, the largest in India in terms of vote share before the 2008 delimitation, twice before.
Singh lost the outer Delhi seat in 1989. The door opened again for Kumar, who won his second term by defeating Verma.
He lost the 1996 polls. After spending eight years in political wilderness, Kumar got another shot in 2004, when he was pitted against Verma, BJP’s Jat face.
But Kumar’s influence was reflected in the Congress’s decision to field his brother Ramesh Kumar from the south Delhi Lok Sabha seat. His brother defeated the BJP candidate. Kumar even managed to get a ticket for his only son, Pravesh, to contest the 2013 assembly polls from Sangam Vihar. However, he lost.
In the 2004 poll affidavit, Kumar had declared assets worth Rs 72,000. His son declared assets worth Rs 19 crore in 2013.