India, April 30 -- Atishi, 37, an Oxford University graduate, is making her electoral debut this election. But the turf is not new. Credited for her work in school education reforms in the Delhi government, she has been nurturing the East Delhi constituency for almost a year. Pitted against three-time Congress MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely and cricketer Gautam Gambhir of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Atishi says she is confident of a win. "It will be a direct fight between the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP. The third place is reserved for the Congress," she said in an interview. Excerpts:

I was the first to say that we welcome his entry into politics. People who care about public interest should join politics. But I think from the time he ...