Tough battle awaits Cong in Okhla bypoll
A close fight is on the cards in the bypoll to the Muslim-dominated Okhla Assembly seat in the national capital where Congress may have to sweat it out.delhi Updated: Aug 30, 2009 13:32 IST
A close fight is on the cards in the bypoll to the Muslim-dominated Okhla Assembly seat in the national capital where Congress may have to sweat it out.
Though the constituency is said to be a traditional Congress bastion, the electoral battle is expected to be tough as NCP candidate Ram Singh Bidhuri is likely to eat up ruling party candidate Farhad Suri's votes in the seat in which 43 per cent voters are Muslims.
Adding to Congress' woes could be the presence of BJP candidate Irfan Ahmed, a Muslim.
Bidhuri switched over to NCP once again after he failed to bag the Congress nomination from the seat. Then sitting NCP MLA, he joined the Congress just ahead of the Assembly polls last year and contested from Badarpur where he lost to BSP's Ram Singh Netaji by a margin of 3,305 votes.
Besides them, other local heavyweights in the fray include BSP's Brahma Singh Bidhuri and Mohammad Asif of RJD.
The bypoll to the seat, to be held on September 15, was necessitated after MLA Pervez Hashmi got elected to Rajya Sabha. Hashmi had retained the seat for the fourth consecutive term.
Religion and caste equations are likely to impact the outcome of the result in the constituency, where 15 per cent of voters are Gujjars and OBCs constitute 11 per cent.