Najafgarh Assembly Elections 2020 | AAP's incumbent MLA from Najafgarh Kailash Gahlot emerged victorious from the Najafgarh Assembly constituency, winning the seat by a margin of 6,231. Gahlot faced a stiff challenge from BJP's Ajeet Singh Kharkhari with the two leaders engaged in a neck-to-neck contest till afternoon.
However, in the end, Gahlot, who was a transport in the now-dissolved Delhi Assembly, won the seat receiving 81,507 votes (49.86 percent) against Kharkhari who received 75,276 votes (46.05 percent) in the election.
As expected during the run-up to the polls, the constituency witnessed a straight fight between the BJP and the AAP.
Gahlot had defeated Kharkhari in the 2013 election as well.
Najafgarh, along with New Delhi, Patparganj, Babarpur, and Greater Kailash, was among the important seats as AAP had fielded an incumbent minister from the seat.
The Najafgarh constituency was also important because, with a population largely of farmers and traders, the electorate has never elected an MLA twice, Outlook reported.
Situated along the Haryana border, Najafgarh is also well known for being the hometown of cricketer Virender Sehwag.
Here is brief information about the constituency:
Constituency name: Najafgarh
Constituency number: 35
District name: South West
Total electors: 232919
Female electors: 107843
Male electors: 125069
Third gender: 7
Results in previous elections: Minister and AAP leader Gahlot is the incumbent MLA. He had narrowly defeated Bharat Singh of the INLD, a former Independent MLA, in the 2015 polls.
In the first-ever polls held in the constituency in 1993, an Independent candidate, Suraj Parshad Paliwal had won the seat and an Independent candidate, Ranbir Singh Kharb, had won again in 2003, according to reports.
In 1998, Kanwal Singh Yadav of the Congress party attained control of the seat, while the BJP's Kharkhari went on to win the seat in the 2013 polls. He then lost to Gahlot in 2015.
Demographics: Located close to the border with Haryana, Najafgarh is culturally similar to its neighbouring state. It has a good mixture of rural and urban population. It has a significant Jat population. Vinobha Enclave, Sainik Enclave, Jai Vihar, Dichaon Kalan, Shiv Enclave, Gopal Nagar, Nanda Enclave are some urban localiities while Jharoda Kalan, Issa Pur, Kazipur Village, Mundhela Kalan, Dhansa, Surakhpur are some of the villages in the constituency.
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Updated Date: Feb 11, 2020 23:16:05 IST