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Nearly 47 per cent Dwarka turned up

Rain played spoilsport on the day Dwarka voted for the assembly bypoll. However, 46.65 per cent voters still turned up at the polling booth to exercise their franchise on Thursday, reports HT Correspondent.

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2009 23:00 IST
HT Correspondent

Rain played spoilsport on the day Dwarka voted for the assembly bypoll. However, 46.65 per cent voters still turned up at the polling booth to exercise their franchise on Thursday.

Though there were 13 candidates in the fray, the main fight was between the Congress and BJP candidates, Praduman Rajput and Tilottama Chaudhary respectively.

And though voter mood is difficult to judge, several who had cast their votes in the favour of Congress in the last elections were heard saying they had changed their opinion based on the anti-incumbency factor.

"Last time we had voted for Congress. But all their tall promises have fallen flat. This motivated me to change my option from Congress and explore other options," said Satish Kumar, a resident of Kailashpuri, Dwarka.

Those in the know, however, said it would be a close fight with some areas supporting the Congress, while others the BJP.

"BJP has a good base in Sagarpur and Sagarpur West that has a good number of Rajput voters. Congress has a good vote base in Manglapuri and Dabri. But if the BSP candidate Madan Mohan Das takes more than 5,000 votes, it may make a dent in the kitty of the Congress," said a party source.

Women voters thronged polling booths.

"It is difficult for senior citizens to come out in such conditions to vote as the roads are all broken and waterlogged, making it difficult for them to walk. A few did make an effort to come," said Vibha Sharma (20), a resident of Mahavir Enclave.

For most voters, local issues such as availability of water, road infrastructure, adequate power supply and transport system were the deciding factors.

Polling was carried out in 142 booths in areas such as Naseerpur, Durga Park, Dabri extension, Vaishali, Seetapuri extension among others. Okhla assembly bypolls will take place on September 15.