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Get set, go: Poll race begins in Delhi

Atul Mathur , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 05, 2013
First Published: 00:55 IST(5/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:42 IST(5/10/2013)

The Election Commission has given exactly 60 days to political parties and aspiring candidates to go out and tell voters why they should vote for them in Assembly elections on December 4 this year.

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According to Delhi’s chief electoral officer Vijay Dev, over 1.15 crore voters will exercise their franchise in this election.

Though the voting percentage in the 2008 Assembly elections was about 55%, Dev said efforts were being made to enrol as many eligible voters and run special campaigns to motivate them to vote.

This will be the fifth election to the Delhi Assembly after it was reconstituted in 1993. While the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed the government in 1993, the Congress won the last three elections.

This year, the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party has added the third dimension to the otherwise two-side contest between the Congress and the BJP.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is contesting all seats and is expected to spring a surprise in many constituencies.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit exuded confidence that her party would form the government for the fourth time.

“We are concentrating on winning elections. Who will be the chief minister will be decided by the legislative party and the party high command after the results are announced,” said Dikshit.

Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Agarwal said selection of candidates would start soon and the manifesto would be released at “the right time”.

While AAP has already declared its candidates on most of the seats, state unit chiefs of the BJP and the Congress said they soon would announce their candidates.

“Our election committee has already met twice and a third meeting will take place soon. We have come out with our agenda for the rural areas, for the Yamuna, for traders and for the youth,” said Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel.

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