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Political equations just right for Tirath

delhi Updated: May 17, 2009 03:16 IST
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Krishna Tirath (60), Congress

Winner: Northwest by 1,84,433 votes

For Krishna Tirath (54), winning from Delhi’s lone reserved Lok Sabha seat would not have been too difficult.

Tirath is a Jatav (scheduled caste). On a seat dominated by SC (22.05%) and OBC (20.12%) voters, she was the perfect candidate.

Simple caste equations, however, was not what worked for her. Voters from SC and OBC communities may have voted for her, but the surge in Congress votes and a weak BJP contender swept her to victory.

Add to this the Jat vote in the rural belt and urban votes from Rohini and you get a winning mix for Tirath, who is once again becomes the only woman MP in Delhi.

She won from the Karol Bagh seat in the 2004 general elections, after three consecutive terms as the Baljeet Nagar legislator in 1993, 1998 and 2003.

Initially Tirath’s name evoked some scepticism from voters in the rural belts who called her an outsider. At the same time the Rohini urban voters too have traditionally voted for the BJP.

The constituency has always chose from heavyweights like Congress’ Sajjan Kumar and BJP’s Sahib Singh Verma, who were also residents of the area.

But the Bawana resettlement colonies, the unauthorised colonies in Narela and Badli, the Congress stronghold in Mangolpuri and Madipur were reserves of support for Tirath.