New Delhi: A turnout of 60.21 per cent was recorded in elections for Delhi’s seven parliamentary constituencies on Sunday amid reports of EVM malfunctioning in some polling stations, the Election Commission said.
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The polling percentage was less than that in 2014 when the national capital had seen 65.1 per cent voter turnout.
The voting in the city, in the penultimate of the seven-phase elections, has sealed the fate of 164 candidates of various political parties including former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir (BJP) and boxer Vijender Singh (Congress).
Interestingly, in the three-cornered fight for the national capital, all three parties- AAP, BJP and the Congress are confident of sweeping the polls.
While Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari exuded confidence that the party will retain all seven seats, the Aam Aadmi Party leaders held the sentiment that the BJP and Congress will fight for the ‘second place’. BJP had won all seven seats of Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Tiwari who is the sitting MP from North East Delhi was up against the former Delhi chief minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit.
Speaking to reporters, Dikshit too seemed confident of Delhi voters showering their ‘love and affection’ in terms of votes on the Grand Old Party in the national capital.
A report in the Times of India quotes Dikshit, “Congress will sweep all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and form government at the Centre too.”
On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal had been urging people in the run-up to May 12 to vote for change. On Sunday too, he tweeted that one vote can change the fate of the country, therefore calling everyone to exercise their franchise.
Meanwhile, several AAP candidates and leaders voiced their belief that the party’s work will speak for itself and the party will bag all seven this Lok Sabha contest.
AAP’s New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Brijesh Goyal said, “A large number of traders, Muslims, people in slums and middle-class areas, and several sections of government employees have voted for AAP on the basis of the work done by Delhi government.”
The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and will end on May 19. The vote count will take place on May 23.
With inputs from IANS