Eager to give former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal a ‘second chance’, New Delhi constituency voted in large numbers on Saturday.
For a majority of people, including government employees, housewives, youngsters, and slum dwellers, ‘Kejriwal’ was one issue that they voted for.
“Kejriwal is my issue,” said Omwati, a resident of Valmiki Basti that had played a crucial role in Kejriwal’s spectacular win in 2013. While the residents felt there were a number of civic issues that need to be taken care of, they wanted to give AAP a second chance after the 49-day goof-up.
Corruption played heavily on the minds of the voters as they stood outside government schools to cast their vote. From government employees, who form the bulk of the electorate, to slum dwellers living in the area, price rise was another big issue.
The response Kejriwal received as he reached the polling station to cast his vote reflected the mood of the voters. Soon after Kejriwal reached a school at Aliganj in BK Dutt colony to cast his vote, hundreds descended on the polling centre to catch a glimpse of him.
A number of people waved to him from balconies and rooftops of their houses in the New Delhi constituency where he created history in December 2013 by defeating three-time chief minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.
Kejriwal’s main rivals in the New Delhi constituency are Kiran Walia of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Nupur Sharma. “Harassment by police, traffic cops had entirely stopped during the 49 days that we had AAP government. There is not much difference between the Congress and BJP and AAP has to be given a second chance,” said Amar Kumar, a resident of DIZ area in New Delhi.