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Home / Assembly Elections / AAP’s Atishi in close contest in Kalkaji, catches up with BJP’s Dharambir Singh

AAP’s Atishi in close contest in Kalkaji, catches up with BJP’s Dharambir Singh

Atishi is relying heavily on the work done by the AAP government as well as her Punjabi connect to woo the middle-class voters, largely Sikh-Punjabi.

assembly-elections Updated: Feb 11, 2020 11:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Kalkaji constituency Atishi interacts with party workers, in this file photo.
Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Kalkaji constituency Atishi interacts with party workers, in this file photo. (Burhaan Kinu/HT)

The Kalkaji constituency is witnessing a close contest between Aam Aami Party (AAP) candidate Atishi and her Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opponent Dharambir Singh. According to Election Commission, after five rounds of counting, Singh has got 14,591 votes and Atishi has got 14,702 votes.

She is now leading by 111 votes. When the counting began, Singh was ahead but the situation changed after four rounds of counting.

The margin, however, is narrow, and many more rounds of counting are left. Atishi (38) had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls from East Delhi in 2019.

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Apart from Atishi and Dharambir Singh, Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra’s daughter Shivani Chopra is also in the fray from Kalkaji. This is Chopra’s first election.

Atishi, an Oxford graduate, is credited for the education reforms in Delhi government schools. A resident of Jangpura Extension, where her parents live, Atishi has of late been staying in a house (a rented accommodation) at Kalkaji’s L-block.

She is relying heavily on the work done by the AAP government as well as her Punjabi connect to woo the middle-class voters, largely Sikh-Punjabi.

The three main political parties are vying for slum votes, which account for around 25 per cent of the voter base with the largest being Navjeevan, Bhomiheen and Nehru camps in Govindpuri.

In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, Avtar Singh Kalkaji of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defeated Harmeet Singh Kalka of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a margin of 19,769 votes in Kalkaji.

Kalkaji Assembly constituency had 1,64,240 electors in 2015, out of which 92,023 were male and 72,206 female. Kalkaji witnessed 64.9 per cent voter turnout in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls.

The counting of votes for 70 seats of the Delhi Assembly began amid tight security at 8 am today.

Delhi went to polls in a single-phase on February 8.

AAP, BJP, Congress are the main political parties in the fray. The primary fight is between the ruling AAP and the BJP which is seeking to make a reentry into the state politics in the national capital after over 20 years.

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