Delhi by-election: All you need to know about the Rajouri Garden seat

Rajouri Garden is part of West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency which has nine other Assembly segments — Madipur, Tilak Nagar, Hari Nagar, Najafgarh, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Dwarka, Matiala and Uttam Nagar.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The current Rajouri Garden constituency came into existence in 2008, as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission of India constituted in 2002.

From 1993 to 2008, Rajouri Garden seat, which is a general seat had been a Congress bastion. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken had been elected thrice as MLA from this seat.  However, in the 2013 Assembly election, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa defeated Congress candidate A Dhanwati Chandela by 11,008 votes. But again in the 2015 election, Sirsa lost the seat to Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Jarnail Singh, who won by 10,036 votes.

Jarnail quit the Rajouri Garden seat to contest the Punjab Assembly election against SAD chief and the then Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

According to political pundits, this bypoll is being considered a semi-final match ahead of the MCD polls scheduled to be held on 23 April.

There are strong chances of Sirsa making a comeback, as Rajouri Garden is a Sikh and Punjabi-dominated seat. Moreover, Sirsa has a strong hold on local social and political activities. He plays an instrumental role in the elections of Punjabi Bagh club, Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee, etc.

"Sirsa is a strong name to reckon with in the Rajouri Garden area. He’s quite active in the social circle. In the last Assembly election, Jarnail won only due to a strong Arvind Kejriwal wave. Without doing anything, he was among 67 winning candidates. Across Delhi, the voters wanted a change; so the AAP candidate won. But things are different this time. There is a strong chance of Sirsa emerging as a winner. This bypoll result will also set the pace for the MCD polls. It’s a litmus test for all the parties," chartered accountant and Rajouri Ganrden resident Abhishek Aneja told Firstpost.

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Updated Date: Apr 13, 2017 11:54:21 IST

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