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South Delhi up for interesting fight

The South Delhi constituency, which has seen drastic changes in its voters' profile after its boundaries were redrawn, is poised for an interesting electoral battle between Congress heavy weight Sajjan Kumar and two-time BJP MLA Ramesh Bidhuri.

delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2009 11:53 IST

The South Delhi constituency, which has seen drastic changes in its voters' profile after its boundaries were redrawn, is poised for an interesting electoral battle between Congress heavy weight Sajjan Kumar and two-time BJP MLA Ramesh Bidhuri.

After the delimitation process, most areas in the erstwhile Outer Delhi constituency, from where Kumar was elected in 2004 Lok Sabha polls and earlier in 1980 and 1991 have gone to the new South Delhi seat.

The caste factor would play a major role in the election as Bidhuri, a Gujjar, will try to get maximum support from his community, while Kumar would try to woo the substantial Jat population.

The sprawling constituency, dotted with pockets of Gujjars and Jats, comprises 10 assembly segments of which five are held by Congress, four by BJP and one by BSP.

The assembly constituencies that fall under the seat are Bijwasan, Palam, Mehrauli, Chhatarpur, Deoli, Ambedkar Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Kalkaji, Badarpur, Tughlakabad.

The BSP has fielded Kanwar Singh Tanwar who will also try to get the support of the Gujjars cutting into Bidhuri's vote bank.

Tanwar, the wealthiest candidate in last year's Delhi Assembly polls, had contested from Chhatarpur Assembly segment and secured the third spot.