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Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting Updates: Voter turnout at 55.66% at 7 pm; EVM glitches, missing voter names mar polling
  • 19:13 (IST)

    Delhi Lok Sabha election latest update

    Delhi registers turnout of 55.66% at 7 pm
    • Chandni Chowk 58.62%
    • North East Delhi 58.03%
    • East Delhi 57.44%
    • New Delhi 53.72%
    • North West Delhi 54.60%
    • West Delhi 55.79%
    • South Delhi 53.52%

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update

    #DelhiVotes: A look at how the National Capital voted till 7 pm


    The National Capital recorded a turnout of over 55.66 percent by 7 pm on Sunday, with Chandni Chowk registering the maximum voting percentage among seven constituencies.

  • 19:01 (IST)

    Cricketer Rishab Pant cast his vote in Delhi today

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    Sheila Dikshit’s candidature may split Muslim vote in North East Delhi, say Jafrabad voters

    In Jagatpuri, where Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, and AAP's Dilip Pandey are contesting, a voter said that the issue of statehood taken up by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is a waste of time. “I have voted for the party that I think will ensure cleanliness and lesser traffic in Delhi,” he said.

    Hamid Khan, a resident of Jafrabad, opined that Sheila Dikshit’s entry into the battlefield in Delhi has made it tougher for AAP to secure the Muslim vote in the constituency. Saif Ali, who supports AAP, and Mohammed Ali, who supports the Congress, said that the issue in the area is unemployment in the formal sector.

    Meanwhile, AAP supporters said that Sheila Dikshit’s age and infirm health makes her unfit to serve the 22 lakh voters in the constituency. “AAP has transformed this area. This school was a ‘tent wala school’ and has been transformed into a proper building called Zeenat Mahal by the AAP,” a supporter said.

    Inputs by Pallavi Rebbapragada, Kangkan Acharyya

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    Leaders' apathy forces Chandni Chowk residents to choose NOTA

    A voter in Chandni Chowk, where BJP’s Harsh Vardhan, Congress’ Jai Prakash Agarwal and AAP’s Pankaj Kumar Gupta are in the fray, said none of the leaders visit the area and only meet voters when seeking votes for elections. Another voter echoed this sentiment, adding that NOTA is the only option for voters.

    A disgruntled voter said that none of the three big parties - BJP, Congress or AAP - have done any real development work in Chandni Chowk. “Young voters say they are disillusioned by fake promises and are choosing NOTA. No councillor or minister has come here. All parties are thieves,” a man said.

    Local resident Shikha jain, voiced strong support for Congress. “Jay Prakash Agarwal is being supported in the area. What the Congress is doing since 60-70 years, other parties have not done. Roads, bridges, universities are all Congress’ doing. Which school, university did the BJP start?” she asked.

    Meanwhile, Dr Bharti, who runs a sweet shop, said that the election is a national one and requires voters to analyse the performance of parties and leaders from the national perspective. “India is surrounded by enemies and BJP and its leader Narendra Modi have taken good steps in that regard,” he said.

    Inputs by Pallavi Rebbapragada

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Centenarian Kitabun Nisa was picked up from her home, taken to the polling booth in Sangam Vihar, Assembly Constituency number 49 and dropped back

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    People know 'Modi hai toh mumkin hai', says Delhi BJP leader

    "In the entire country, elections are being contested over the issue of nationalism. People have forgotten about issues in their areas and localities. People talk about the nation and believe that Pakistan can only be dealt with by one man. Hence, all other issues are forgotten but people always remember that ‘Modi hai toh mumkin hai’," said Ajay Bharadwaj, District Head of BJP’s Chandni Chowk unit.

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Certain polling booths saw anganwadi workers taking care of babies while mothers cast their votes

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    Arjuna awardee tennis player Manika Batra cast her vote today

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    Pink booths drew many Muslim women voters, says EC official

    In a first for Delhi, as many as 17 all-woman staffed booths were established for the Lok Sabha elections in the seven constituencies of Delhi. Four of the seven district election officer-cum-returning officer are also women. Out of the 17 booths, 10 have been set up in East Delhi constituency, two in Chandni Chowk and one each in rest of the constituencies - North East Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi, New Delhi and North West Delhi.

    North East Delhi Returning Officer Shashi Kaushal said the initiative was "very successful" and would "definitely contribute" to push voting percentage of women in this election. "We have set up a pink booth in Zeenat School in an area which is a very Muslim-dominated one. And, in the morning a large number of 'pardanasheen' (in veil) women came to vote. It was so enthusing to see the women in 'burqa' queuing up to be exercise their franchise and celebrating the democratic exercise," she said.

    One polling booth (in north-east district) is completely staffed by persons with disabilities, while the Leprosy Home Complex at Tahirpur in north-east district has a booth for persons with disabilities only, Kaushal said.

    PTI

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Former president Pranab Mukherjee casts his vote

    Former president Pranab Mukherjee cast his vote at a polling booth NP Primary School, K Kamraj Lane. He has not voted during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to assert that the President's post is neutral.

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and his wife Usha castitheir votes at the Nirman Bhawan polling booth

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    AAP’s Raghav Chadha alleges bogus voting by BJP workers in Tughlakabad

    Aam Aadmi Party’s South Delhi candidate Raghav  Chadha accused BJP workers of engaging in bogus voting at a polling booth in Tughlakabad. He took to Twitter to write that the incident was reported at a polling booth in Govt Boys Sr Sec School in the area. He further wrote that election officers and the police are in connivance with the BJP.​

    Chadha alleged that BJP workers are voting repeatedly by removing the indelible ink from their fingers. "BJP workers are moving around in a polling booth in Sangam Vihar in BJP scarves, a person voted four times. We identified 8-10 such people and caught one red-handed," he told PTI. He claimed that these tactics are being used by his BJP rival Ramesh Bidhuri.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and his family cast their votes at a polling booth in Nirman Bhawan

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Delhi Lok Sabha election latest update

    At 3 pm, turnout in Delhi at 33.92 percent


    While the overall turnout in Delhi at 3 pm was 33.92 percent, North West Delhi saw the highest voter turnout of 37.1 percent, leaving behind North East Delhi, which had the highest polling percentage at 2 pm.
    • Chandni Chowk 31.74%
    • North East Delhi 35.73%
    • East Delhi 33.79%
    • New Delhi 31.91%
    • North West Delhi 37.10%
    • West Delhi 34.24%
    • South Delhi 32.44%

  • 15:03 (IST)

    EVM glitches reported in several areas​

    EVM malfunctions were reported in several parts of Delhi. While AAP’s Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti alleged that EVMs at booths 116,117 and 122 were not functioning, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh told PTI that problems were also reported in Chandni Chowk and West Delhi, where 5.5 percent EVMs were replaced in the morning.​

    AAP's Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh alleged that EVMs at polling booth number 27 were not working in the morning, while Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said voters were unable to find if their votes were cast in Najafgarh constituency. He said the EC claimed that faulty EVMs are changed within ten minutes, but at ground, such claims are telling a different story

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Residents complain of missing names from electoral rolls

    Shakeel Ahmed, a resident of Laxmi Nagar, said his name was missing from the electoral roll. Nawab Khan, who resides in the same area, had a similar complaint. Earlier, Congress had complained that voter's names were missing from areas that have higher proportion of Muslim population.

    Input by Kangkan Acharyya

  • AAP vs Congress in Delhi West home as two brothers support rival party   

    Saif Ali supports AAP and Mohammad Ali supports Congress. They say the real issue gripping Jafrabad in North East Delhi is unemployment in the formal sector.

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    East Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update

    Visuals of voters in Mayur Vihar

    Voters posed outside a polling booth in Mayur Vihar Phase-3 in the East Delhi Constituency after casting their votes.

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    Prakash Karat casts vote in Delhi's Sanchar Bhawan

    Senior CPM leader Prakash Karat cast his vote at a polling booth in Delhi's Sanchar Bhawan as all seven sets in the National Capital went to polls on Sunday.

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    NITI Aayog CEO casts vote 

    NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant and Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora cast their votes in Delhi.  

  • Stray incidents of MCC violation reported from across Delhi

                  

    The Congress West Delhi camp has approached Election Commission against a polling official, who was allegedly wearing a with the name of BJP candidate Parvesh Sahib Singh Varma on it, at a booth Subhash Nagar. 

    Earlier, AAP had complained against BJP workers, stating they were chanting Modi Modi and Jai Shree Ram slogans close to polling booths to influence voters. 

  • Modi inspires hope for a better future for our kids: Muslim couple explains why they vote for BJP

  • 13:15 (IST)

    Rocky and Mayur's appeal to people on polling day: Chose wisely, may those chosen rule wisely 

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    West Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    Muslims voting tactically to defeat BJP; it failed to protect minorities, says a West Delhi voter  

    "We are voting tactically. Of course, water, electricity, schools are important issues and AAP has worked on it. But we are disappointed because they couldn't  form a coalition with Congress. This is a national election. We are seeing who can lead the government at the Centre. You see, how PM has started blabbering against Rajiv Gandhi. In 2014, some of us voted for Modi. We thought he will safeguard us. But to our utter disappointment, BJP government didn't stand with minorities. They supported hate crimes when law and order was required to be restored. That's why we are voting tactically, at least I can say this about West Delhi," Arshad Khan, 51, a voter from Dwarka More, West Delhi

    Input by Rohin Kumar/101Reporters

  • 12:52 (IST)

    AAP raising bogus issues to gain political mileage: BJP on complaints of EVM malfunctioning  

    Reacting upon AAP's allegations about faulty EVMs in different areas of Delhi, state BJP leader Praveen Shankar called it "a political stunt". "Aam Aadmi Party is raising all bogus issues to defend their defeat in Lok Sabha elections and to gain political mileage."

    Input by Ashish Mani Tiwari/101Reporters

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Actor Huma Qureshi clubs mother's day celebrations with 'Loktantra ka mahatyohar'

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    Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    Delhi's oldest voter, 111-year old Bachan Singh cast his vote in  Sant Garh

    Age is just a number, says a family member of 111-year-old Bachan Singh, the oldest voter in Delhi who carried a youthful enthusiasm into the polling station in Tilak Vihar.  Till the last assembly elections in 2015, the centenarian cycled to the polling booth to cast his vote. This time, he reached the booth in a car along with poll officers in full media glare.  He was later wheeled into the polling both using a chair.

     
     
    A paralysis attack around three months ago had rendered the centenarian bedridden. Though Bachan Singh cannot talk like the way he did before, but he knows how important his vote is.  "I will vote for those who worked for us," he said.
     
     
    Interestingly, Singh doesn't know there's a party called the AAP and that Arvind Kejriwal is the chief minister of Delhi . "He doesn't even know that the Aam Aadmi Party exists. For him, every election has been a contest between the BJP and the Congress," his youngest son, Jasbeer Singh, 63, says.

  • 11:35 (IST)

    Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    AAP asks EC to look into complaints of EVM malfunction

    In response to reports of EVM malfunction and violation of MCC, Akshay Marathe, Secretary Aam Aadmi Party said, "Aam Aadmi Party is moving to Election Commission over mal functioning of three EVMs and various other malpractices during polling in Delhi state"

    Ashish Mani Tiwari/101 Reporters 

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    EVM glitches reported in several areas in Delhi

    Complaints about malfunctioning EVMs poured in from several places of the national capital on Sunday where voting is underway.  Adarsh Gupta, a resident of Matia Mahal area, claimed that at polling booth number 84, 85 and 86, electronic voting machines were initially not working in the morning. Aam Aadmi Party's Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti alleged that EVMs at booths number -- 116,117 and 122 -- were not functioning. 
     
     
    "EVM in booth 132, Hauzrani is showing 50 votes without anyone casting any vote at booths 116,117, 122 in Malviya nagar not functioning," Bharti tweeted. However, there was no immediate reaction from the chief electoral office.
     
     
    Mudit Agarwal, son of Congress' Chandni Chowk candidate JP Agarwal, alleged malfunctioning of EVMs at some booths in Matila Mahal and Ballimaran Assembly segments.
     
     
    According to a police official, they received information about an EVM not working at Begum Pur in Rohini but it was rectified.
    AAP's Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh alleged that EVMs at polling booth number 27 were not working in the morning.

  • 11:07 (IST)

    South Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

    Resident of South Delhi unauthorised colonies complain of expensive power tariffs 

    Due to lack of a government electrical connection, many residents are involved in electricity theft to avoid paying hefty amounts to private players. This has resulted in many incidents of death due to electric shock.

    Last year some boys of the colony climbed on an electric pole to check disruptions in their connection. They were not trained and didn’t wear any safety gear. While repairing the connection they got electrocuted. "That’s our condition, and I believe nothing is going to change,” said Vikram Singh, a resident of Lal Kuan in, South Delhi. 

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters 

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Watch: A first time voter from Vaishali explains what influences his decision to vote 

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    Sushma Swaraj casts vote 

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after casting her vote at a polling booth in NP Senior Secondary School in Aurangzeb Lane. 

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    Elderly woman voter from South Delhi, says have foregone my hookah to vote for Narendra Modi

    An elderly woman walked out alone to go cast her vote in South Delhi's Munirka village. She said she had left her hookah only to go vote for Prime Minister Modi 

  • 10:46 (IST)

    No vote for migrant labourers in Delhi

    Migrant labourers from Chapra and Sitamadhi, Mungair, Hazipur, Siwan, in Bihar are at a labour chowk in Dwarka. They say there are nearly 1000 labourers here who don’t have voter IDs and feel bad that all parties here - BJP, Congress and AAP are wooing Purvanchali (immigrants from Eastern UP) voters but not helping them cast their vote and exercise their democratic rights. 

  • 10:34 (IST)

    Differently-abled voters claim difficulty in exercising franchise

    The Election Commission has been striving to make elections more and more voter friendly by introducing facilities such as selfie points, pink booths with an all-women voting staff and drinking water at the voting booths. However, one key aspect seen missing is South Delhi was adequate facilities for differently-abled candidates. News18 reports: 

    A visually-challenged voter told News18 that he wasn't given a Braille script inside the polling booth, which hampered him in casting his vote. He has only received it twice, out of all the times he's voted.

    Meanwhile, in South Delhi, a 93-year-old and 86-year-old were turned back due to the lack of wheelchair accessibility, even though one was arranged later. At the same booth, a 66-year-old had no option but to walk to the polling booth in the absence of wheelchairs.

    'Kuch bhi ho jaye, vote toh dena hi hai," a voter was quoted by the report as saying. 

  • 10:26 (IST)

    'It's Narendra Modi's politics of hate vs Congress' love,' says Rahul Gandhi after casting vote

    Spelling out the three main agendas this election, Rahul Gandhi said that his party has fought elections on the issue of unemployment, the economic crisis post demonetisation and GST, and the Modi government's pro-capitalist policies. 

    He said, "It's a fight between Narendra Modi's politics of hate and Congress' message of love. I believe our love will win"

  • 10:22 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi casts vote at Tughlaq Road booth; Sonia, Priyanka to vote by noon

    Rahul Gandhi cast his vote at Tughlaq Road in New Delhi. He however, did not speak to the media, even though he momentarily stopped and appeared to be making up his mind. Rahul was accompanied by Congress' candidate from New Delhi  Ajay Maken. 

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    BJP's South Delhi candidate, Ramesh Bidhuri casts his vote 

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    Elderly voter tears up as he speaks about India's Indepence; his message to youngsters, our freedom is hard earned, don't cast it aside 

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    South Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    Voters complain of lack of parking out a polling booth in Vasant Kunj 

    Voters complain of a lack of parking space outside Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj. Cars have obstructed roadways and police are trying to clear the roads. 
     

    Input by Ashish Mani Tiwari/101Reporters

  • 09:47 (IST)

    East Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    Atishi writes off Congress candidate in fray, says AAP will win all seats; casts vote

    Aam Aadmi Party's East Delhi candidate Atishi cast her vote in Delhi. Speaking to reporters, she expressed confidence that people will reward AAP for its five years' work and the party will win all seven seats. When asked that who she considers a stronger contender in her constituency, Atishi told India Today, "Congress has reserved the third spot for itself, no matter which election it is. But I am confident that AAP will win." 

  • New Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    New Delhi constituency voter says he will vote on local issues 

    As the poll debate hinges largely on hyperbole, personal attacks, and the 'national issues, a voter in the New Delhi constitunecy tells our reporter he will support the candidate he can address the constituency's local issues. 

  • 09:11 (IST)

    President Kovind casts his vote at a polling booth in Rashtrapati Bhavan 

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    Sheila Dikshit casts her vote 

    Former Delhi chief minister and Congress's candidate from North-East Delhi, Sheila Dikshit cast her vote at a polling booth in Nizamuddin (East). 

  • 08:55 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal tweets out to encourage voters

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted out today morning to encourage voters to cast their vote. 

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    Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    BSP fields candidates on five of seven Delhi seats, alleges misreants spreding fake news of AAP-BSP tie-up

    The BSP has fielded Sanjay Gehlot (East Delhi), Rajvir Singh (North East Delhi), Sita Sharan (West Delhi), Shahid Ali(Chandni Chowk) and Siddhant Gautam (South Delhi).

    There were some media reports claiming that BSP has formed an alliance with AAP, but Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has cleared the air stating that her party would go solo in polls. According to press release of BSP, voters in Delhi are getting calls from some numbers, which are stating that BSP and AAP have formed an alliance in Delhi.

    BSP has asked Election Commission to take cognizance of the whole issue and take some strict actions against miscreants. Meanwhile Samajwadi Party has supported BSP on these five seats.

    Input Ashish Mani Tiwari/101 Reporters

  • 08:35 (IST)

    Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

    In much-touted 'triangular contest' in Delhi, section of Dalit voters assert Mayawati their only choice  

    Girdhari Lal, a member of Ambedkar Vichar Manch at Munirka village, says Bhima Koregaon arrests and the way Modi government has dealt with it is an election issue for them. He claims, his forum has organised several meetings to increase awareness among people and mobilise them to vote against BJP. He also says, BSP is all-time favorite and only Mayawati can match the aura of Modi. However, he asked people to vote tactically and support either Congress or AAP whoever seems to be in close fight with BJP.

    Dalit activist Rona Jacob Wilson was arrested from  Munirka last year. He is accused of being associated with Bhima Koregaon violence.

    Input by Rohin Kumar/ 101 Reporters

  • 08:18 (IST)

    New Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Update 

     

    It's Meenakshi Lekhi vs Ajay Maken in prestigious New Delhi seat; sealing drive dominates poll talk 

    Capital's prestigious New Delhi seat presents an interesting fight between BJP’s sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi and Congress veteran Ajay Maken who came third in 2014. Meanwhile, against BJP and Congress' political biggies the AAP has put up a first time contestant Brijesh Goyal, a businessman, who has foisted on the BJP candidate the slogan "Meenakshi Lekhi, Kabhi Nahi Dekhi"

    Sealing is one the prominent issues in New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Business class is unhappy and this is a domain where BJP remains defensive. About 3,000 properties in New Delhi region have been sealed for land misuse, including converting residential units into commercial ones, non-payment of conversion charges and increased pollution emissions since November-December 2017.

    With inputs from Rohin Kumar/ 101 Reporters

Delhi Lok Sabha Election voting updates: The national capital recorded a turnout of over 19 percent in the first two hours of polling on Sunday, with North East Delhi recording the maximum voting percentage among seven constituencies.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra cast her vote in Delhi. She was accompanied by her husband Robert Vadra.

An elderly woman walked out alone to go cast her vote in South Delhi's Munirka village. She said she had left her hookah only to go vote for Prime Minister Modi.

Rahul Gandhi cast his vote at Tughlaq Road in New Delhi. He however, did not speak to the media, even though he momentarily stopped and appeared to be making up his mind.

Aam Aadmi Party's East Delhi candidate Atishi cast her vote in Delhi. Speaking to reporters, she expressed confidence that people will reward AAP for its five years' work and the party will win all seven seats. When asked that who she considers a stronger contender in her constituency, Atishi told India Today, "Congress has reserved the third spot for itself, no matter which election it is. But I am confident that AAP will win." 

Former Delhi chief minister and Congress candidate from North-East Delhi, Sheila Dikshit cast her vote at a polling booth in Nizamuddin (East).

Capital's prestigious New Delhi seat presents an interesting fight between BJP’s sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi and Congress veteran Ajay Maken who came third in 2014. Meanwhile, against BJP and Congress' political biggies the AAP has put up a first time contestant Brijesh Goyal, a businessman, who has foisted on the BJP candidate the slogan "Meenakshi Lekhi, Kabhi Nahi Dekhi"

BJP's East Delhi Candidate Gautam Gambhir cast an early vote in Delhi along with his parents and wife. Gambhir is BJP's East Delhi candidate and is fielded against AAP's Atishi.

Sheila Dikshit, the Congress candidate from North-East Delhi constituency and the party's chief ministerial candidate, called over Arvind Kejriwal for a meal, but only if he "had nothing better to do". Tagging Kejriwal in a tweet, she highlighted three "benefits" to Kejriwal if he accepted the invite.

"Why do you spread rumours about my health? If you have nothing better to do, come over to have a meal. You will see how I am doing, have a meal and learn to fight elections without spreading rumours," she wrote in Hindi.

The stage is set as the national capital goes to Lok Sabha polls on Sunday where the incumbent BJP, Delhi's ruling AAP and the Congress are locked in a fight on all seven seats.  The Congress is looking to bounce back after ending up at the third spot in the 2014 elections. The lead up to the polls has not been without drama, with allegations and counter-allegations flying, and it had all the trappings of a soap opera that could give the daily shows a run for their money.

The high-octane poll campaigning in the national capital ended on Friday but not before it saw a plethora of stars descending here to campaign for their respective parties. If Hema Malini and Sunny Deol provided the Bollywood quotient to the saffron party's campaign, Raj Babbar and Nagma added the star quotient to the Congress. Prakash Raj, Swara Bhaskar and Gul Panag campaigned for the AAP.

From Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being slapped to AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi breaking down at a press conference over "derogatory pamphlets" to BJP's Udit Raj leaving the party and joining the Congress after being denied a ticket from northwest Delhi, the last two months been quite eventful and have kept everyone on their toes.

The seven seats will see 164 candidates battling it out of which 18 are women. Prominent among them are former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from northeast Delhi, BJP's incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who is contesting from New Delhi, and Atishi. BJP's incumbent MP Manoj Tiwari is up against Dikshit for the Northeast Delhi seat and has already said that her entry has made the poll contest "one of the most interesting in the country". AAP's Dilip Pandey is also in the fray from the seat.

Other prominent candidates in the race include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, who is making his electoral debut from south Delhi, Union minister Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir.  Voting will begin at 7 am and is scheduled to go on till 6 pm. The 48 hour-period from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday, known as the silence period, will also be observed as 'dry day'.

A total of 13,819 polling stations will be set up at 2,700 locations in Delhi, with one model polling station in each of the 70 Assembly segments. Seventeen polling stations will be staffed only by women. As many as 523 polling locations have been identified as critical and 60,000 personnel, including those of the Delhi Police, Home Guards and paramilitary, will be on their toes to ensure that there is no untoward incident.

The campaign got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination, but it gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national capital.

The campaign reached a crescendo in its last lap, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a massive rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing two public meetings, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking out two roadshows in the city.

From trying to strike a personal chord with voters in parks at six am to holding door-to-door campaigns till late night, the candidates literally sweated it out in the oppressive heat as mercury crossed the 40-degree Celsius mark. While the BJP's campaign revolved around the party's high-pitched nationalism narrative and the popularity of Modi, the Congress kept him in the cross hairs and sought to hardsell its minimum income guarantee scheme, NYAY.

The AAP, on the other hand, focussed on the demand for full statehood for Delhi. Candidates also tried to out-maneuver each other before the poll body. AAP candidates Atishi and Raghav Chadha sought rejection of nomination papers of their BJP rivals Gautam Gambhir and Ramesh Bidhuri, respectively.

Poll officers were also hard-pressed as several violations of the Model Code of Conduct were reported. In a security breach, Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a road show in Moti Nagar and allegations of horse trading flew thick and fast as two AAP MLAs, Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat, crossed over to the BJP.

The campaigning also saw south Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri allegedly using a Hindi slur against Kejriwal. On the penultimate day, the AAP and the BJP sparred over a derogatory pamphlet that targeted Atishi. The AAP alleged her rival Gautam Gambhir was behind it, a charge vehemently denied by him.

According to the summary of the electoral roll published on 23 April, there are over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. While 2,54,723 voters are in the age group of 18 and 19, there are 40,532 electorate with disability who would be provided pick up and drop facility. Nearly 270 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered against political parties and others here till date for violation of the poll code.

 

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Updated Date: May 12, 2019 19:19:35 IST