New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s Raaj Kumar Anand has defeated BJP’s Parvesh Ratn by a margin of 30,935 votes from the Patel Nagar Assembly constituency. Anand got 73,463 votes, Ratn got 42,528 votes, while veteran Congress leader Krishna Tirath got just 3,382 votes.
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A Scheduled Caste (SC) constituency, its current MLA is Hazari Lal Chauhan of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). However, for this year’s Assembly polls, the party fielded a new candidate in the form of Raaj Kumar Anand who was pitted against Pravesh Ratan of the BJP and former Union Minister Krishna Tirath of the Congress, who, incidentally contested the 2015 polls as a BJP candidate and lost to Hazari Lal Chauhan.
In 2013 too, the seat was won by an AAP candidate, Veena Anand. However, for three consecutive Assembly polls before that, i.e 1998, 2003 and 2008, the seat was won by the Congress. While Rama Kant Goswami won the seat in 1998 and 2003, Rajesh Lilothia won in 2008.
The BJP, meanwhile, has held this seat only once, with Mewa Ram Arya winning from here in 1993, in what was the very first Delhi Assembly Election. The Patel Nagar constituency has 1,71,077 voters in total out of whom 77,625 are females while two are transgender voters.
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