The Rajender Nagar bypoll is going to take place on Thursday, June 23, and AAP is trying its best to save the seat, while the BJP is vying to recapture its old citadel.
The Rajender Nagar bypoll is going to take place on Thursday, June 23, and the Aam Adami Party’s (AAP) is trying its best to save the seat, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is vying to recapture its old citadel.
The AAP has fielded Durgesh Pathak while the BJP has fielded local Rajesh Bhatia and the Congress has sent Prem Lata in the fray.
The seat fell vacant after AAP MLA Raghav Chaddha was sent to Rajya Sabha by his party.
In the seven elections held on this assembly constituency since the year 1993, the BJP had won this seat four times, the AAP has won two times while the Congress had managed to win this seat just once.
From 1993 to 2003, BJP’s Puran Chand Yogi had been the MLA from the area. The Congress won this seat in year 2008 and after that, the AAP won the seat twice.
The results of this bypoll won’t have much of an effect on the functioning of the Delhi government, but it can depict the mood of voters for the upcoming municipal polls.
While the AAP has campaigned with its free water and power schemes and education model, the BJP campaigned aggressively with its ‘Pol Khol Abhiyan’ and series of agitations on the issue of poor water supply and rise in liquor shops following the new excise policy by the Delhi government. The Congress party has also campaigned on similar lines.
The area is dominated by Punjabis and Purvanchali voters, with a mix of other migrant population and is a hub of coaching centre and markets. Recently, there have been protests against the new liquor shops in the constituency by some RWAs and independent candidates as well.
Here’s the data for the Rajendra Nagar seat:
Total voters: 1,64,698
Male voters: 92,221
Female voters: 72,473
Senior citizen voters: 2,886
First time voters: 1,899
Especially abled voters: 591
Number of polling booths: 190
Sensitive booths: 14