Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: All you need to know about Karol Bagh Vidhan Sabha constituency
Karol Bagh constituency: The seat will go for polls on February 8. Sitting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Vishesh Ravi, who had won this seat for the party in the 2015 and the 2013 assembly elections, is contesting once again from the seat.
Prior to that, Karol Bagh used to be a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastion, having successfully elected Surendra Pal Ratawal of the saffron party, during the 1993, 2003, and 2008 Delhi state assembly elections.
In 1998, Moti Lal Bokolia of the Indian National Congress had won the seat once.
In the last Delhi state assembly elections, however, the BJP was being considered the favourite for the seat. However, a rebellion within the saffron party at the last moment led to an easy victory for the AAP.
In 2015, AAP’s Vishesh Ravi won the assembly seat with 67,429 votes, overtaking the runner up candidate, Yogender Chandoliya of BJP, who got 34,549 votes. Congress’ Madan Khorwal had received 9,144 votes.
It remains to be seen if the sitting AAP MLA, Vishesh Ravi, wins the Karol Bagh assembly seat yet again with a hat-trick. This year, the BJP has pitched its faith once again on Yogender Chandoliya, who lost the 2015 polls to Ravi. The Congress nominee for the seat is Gaurav Dhanak.
A strong contest between the BJP and the AAP is expected.
Karol Bagh assembly constituency lies in the New Delhi district. The locality is dominated by Dalit voters, specifically the Regars, a sub-caste within the Dalits. Some of the city’s busiest and most famous markets are situated in this region, and therefore, among the major issues plaguing the area are traffic congestion, illegal hawkers, etc.
This constituency has 1,64,742 prospective voters, out of which 90,449 are male, 74,285 are female, and and 8 are transgenders.
In the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020, AAP will be contesting from all 70 seats for the assembly polls while BJP will be contesting on 67 seats, with its ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) contesting on the remaining three seats.
On the other hand, Congress will fight on 66 seats and its ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will fight on the remaining 4 seats.
Polling will be held at 13,750 polling stations. According to the poll body chief, total electors in the final electoral roll of the NCT of Delhi as on January 6, 2020, are 1,46,92,136.
The polls for all the seats will be held on February 8, 2020, and the results will be declared on February 11, 2020.
It is to be noted that in 2015, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had a landmark victory after it secured 67 of the total 70 seats in the state legislature. The party is now eyeing a second consecutive term banking on freebies that it provided to Delhiites including free water, free electricity up to 200 units, free ride for women in DTC and cluster buses, among other measures.
Courtesy : DNA