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Everyone’s fate hangs in balance here

Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency, with three assembly seats, was the smallest constituency in India before delimitation, reports Atul Mathur. See graphics

delhi Updated: Oct 20, 2008 01:03 IST
Atul Mathur

His constituency has suddenly become alien to him. The voters who sent him to the assembly twice from this seat and the electorate for which he worked all these years do not belong to him anymore.

No one has been affected by the delimitation of the parliamentary and assembly constituencies more than Dr S.C. Vats, two-time MLA from Shakur Basti assembly constituency.

More than 60 per cent area of his segment has been moved to neighbouring Trilokpuri constituency in the delimitation process.

“It gives a major setback when a huge chunk of the area you have worked for is truncated from your constituency. The new-look Shakur Basti constituency is totally alien to me. I am in a quandary now whether to contest elections or not,” said Dr Vats.

This is just a reflection to what delimitation has done to this part of Delhi. Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency, which just had three assembly seats before the delimitation — Chandni Chowk, Ballimaran and Matia Mahal — now has 10. It was the smallest constituency in the country before delimitation.

Similarly, the north-west parliamentary constituency has been carved out from the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, by adding four new assembly seats.

The fate of a number of state leaders from both the ruling Congress as well as the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) contesting from various assembly segments hangs in balance.

The BJP may have won municipal elections on three of the four wards in Ballimaran assembly segment but Delhi transport minister Haroon Yusuf may not find it difficult to retain the seat.

“Unless we have a very strong candidate who is popular across the communities, it will be difficult to pose a challenge to Yusuf,” a BJP leader accepted.

Kunwar Karan Singh, a Congress MLA from the Model Town seat, also may not get a ticket this time. This is another constituency where the BJP won elections on all municipal wards.

“The electorate is not happy with him either and it reflected in the municipal elections when we got thrashed in all four wards. We need to give ticket to a strong candidate to retain the seat,” said a senior Congress leader.

However, despite changes in their assembly segments, politicians like PWD minister Rajkumar Chauhan (Mongolpuri), Rajesh Jain (Sadar Bazar) and Anil Bhargava (Trinagar) are expected to do well.

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