Voting ends for Delhi Assembly polls; 55.18 % voter turnout recorded till 6:30 pm

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New Delhi: Voters stand in a queue to cast votes during the Delhi Assembly election at a polling station in Tilak Vihar, New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Voters stand in a queue to cast votes during the Delhi Assembly election at a polling station in Tilak Vihar, New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Delhi recorded a voter turnout of 55.18 per cent by 6:30 pm on Saturday, poll officials said. There was a rise in the voting percentage after initial sluggishness, especially in morning hours.

“55.18 % voter turn out reported from Delhi by 6:30 PM,” Official Spokesperson, Election Commission of India tweeted.

Over 1.47 crore people were eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates in 70 assembly constituencies which are seeing a triangular contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), opposition BJP and the Congress.

Polling ended at 6 pm, an official said.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also exercised their right. Union Ministers S Jaishankar, Hardeep Singh Puri were among those who cast their vote.

Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal voted at the Rajpur Transport Authority polling station in the Civil Lines area.

Kejriwal, who is contesting the polls from the New Delhi seat, was accompanied by his wife Sunita and son Pulkit. Before leaving for voting, he sought his parents’ blessings.

Minutes before polling began, Kejriwal tweeted, “Please go to cast vote. A special appeal to all the women – As your shoulder the responsibility at home, likewise, the responsibility of the country and Delhi is on your shoulders.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who led a very aggressive campaign and covered 60 assembly seats, appealed to voters to “free” the national capital from lies and vote-bank politics.

“By giving Delhi clean air, clean drinking water and every poor house, only the best capital of the world can make it a government with far-sighted thinking and strong intentions,” Shah tweeted.

BJP president JP Nadda also appealed to all the voters to vote in large numbers.

“Each vote of you is important for the unity and integrity of the country and holistic development of Delhi. Your vote only will be script the golden future of Delhi. ‘Pehle Matdan, Phir Jalpan’. Jai Hind,” Nadda tweeted.

(PTI)