Delhi poll body gears up for assembly polls tomorrow


File photo: Election Commission of India

File photo: Election Commission of India

Campaign for the Delhi elections ended on Thursday. All preparations are in place for the Delhi Assembly Elections tomorrow. Election Commission has made arrangements for special postal ballot facility and pick and drop facility for senior citizens.

In their final electioneering push, the three key parties made last efforts to seek votes and slugged it out over issues ranging from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, appeasement politics and unemployment.

The campaign that lasted for over three weeks ended at 6 pm on Thursday, just 38 hours before the start of voting for the high-stakes Delhi assembly election.

There are 672 candidates in fray for 70 Assembly seats.

Over 1.47 crore total voters in various categories include males (81,05,236), females (66,80,277), service voters (11,608), third gender voters (869), and senior citizens (aged 80 and above) voters (2,04,830), according to Delhi CEO Office.

On the last day of the campaign, Home Minister Amit Shah took out three roadshows at Seelampur in northeast Delhi, and Hari Nagar and Madipur in west Delhi.

BJP president J P Nadda also took out two roadshows in Nangloi Jat and Mangolpuri in northwest Delhi while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia did a ‘padayatra’ (walk) in his Patparganj constituency in east Delhi.

BJP’s campaign saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi address two rallies while Shah addressed many more. Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also in full throttle over the Shaheen Bagh protest and attacked the Congress and the AAP.

The BJP till Wednesday had organised 5,239 campaigning events, said Praveen Shankar Kapoor, co-convenor of the Delhi BJP’s media team for election said. This includes two rallies by Modi.

Amit Shah covered 60 constituencies that comprised ‘nukkad sabhas’, roadshows, workers meet, while Nadda criss-crossed across all 70 constituencies, Kapoor added.

On the other hand, AAP focused its campaign on development work done by its government.

In an interview to PTI, Kejriwal assured that the Delhi government’s ‘free schemes’ will continue if AAP is voted back to power and also introduce more schemes if needed.

The entire AAP campaign, which started before the polls were announced, was piloted by Kejriwal. He addressed nearly 200 events that included roadshows, public meetings and town halls.

The Congress’ campaign did not match the vigour of its opponents.

However, as polling day drew closer, the party jumped into action with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing a rally in Rajouri Garden on Tuesday while Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed public meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Congress also fielded its Chief Ministers — Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) for canvassing.

BSP supremo Mayawati also campaigned on Monday for her party which has fielded 68 candidates in the Assembly polls.

This time, both the Congress and the BJP have given seats to their allies.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has also fielded a candidate from Seemapuri, and its leader Chirag Paswan campaigned for him as well as other NDA candidates.

While Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav campaigned for its UPA ally as well for his party candidate from Palam, the Trinamool Congress is backing the AAP.

(With inputs from PTI)