The Gole Market constituency, represented by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in Delhi Assembly, will be the focus of the Dec 1 poll battle once again.india Updated: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST
The Gole Market constituency, represented by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in Delhi Assembly, will be the focus of the Dec 1 poll battle once again.
She has already announced to contest from the seat which she had won after defeating BJP’s sitting MLA Kirti Azad in 1998 with a thumping majority of 5,657 votes. Things were a bit different then. She was contesting assembly elections for the time, she was facing unrest within party and a rebel candidate in poll fray, who later withdrew. But situation is different this time. She is the CM and a lot more confident.
But political observers say that it may not prove to be a cakewalk for Dikshit because of the anti-incumbency factor and various other issues like power and water shortage concerning government employees, who dominate the voters list here.
In 1993 elections, Azad had defeated his nearest Congress rival Brij Mohan Bhama, a political lightweight as compared to Dixit, by a slender margin of about 3,300 votes.
Govt employees: Almost 80 per cent of the voters here are government employees and their families. They are considered educated and aware as about 77 per cent of more than 116,000 voters have done matriculation or above.
Caste equation: Besides more than 60,000 government staff and their families, those living in slum clusters number more than 20,000, the balmiki community more than 12,000, residents from the Uttarakhand region of Uttar Pradesh more than 6,000, voters living in bungalows more than 5,000, employees at Rashtrapati Bhavan and their families more than 4,000, and families in servant quarters of ministers moer than 9,000.