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Sena making all-out bid to open account in Delhi

Making a serious bid to make its maiden entry into the Delhi assembly, Shiv Sena is pitting all its might to wrest the Karawal Nagar seat.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 11:20 IST

Making a serious bid to make its maiden entry into the Delhi assembly,Shiv Sena is pitting all its might, including campaigning by its Union ministers,to wrest the Karawal Nagar seat in Northeast Delhi from its NDA ally BJP in the December 1 polls.

Though the party is contesting 27 seats out of the 70 constituencies at stake, it is in Karawal Nagar, which it had been cultivating for some time,that the party is going whole hog using all the resources at its command.

The Sena believes the incumbency factor against sitting BJP MLA Mohan Singh Bisht, who was elected twice from the constituency, and the "Hindu consolidation"could bail it out.

All candidates put up by other parties including the congress are Muslims.

The constituency has 27.56 per cent Muslim population.

The party's candidate Anand Trivedi is also expecting support from his Brahmin vote bank, which has 11.81 per cent presence in the constituency.

Recently, 12 pre-dominantly Gujjar villages in the area decided to back the Sena candidate. The community has 15 per cent population in the area while the 17 per cent scheduled caste voters are being viewed as BSP vote bank.

Besides Sena's leader in Lok Sabha Chandrakant Khaire, Union ministers Anant Geete and Subodh Mohite have actively campaigned for the party in the constituency,while Delhi party chief Jai Bhagwan Goyal has stayed put there with his pet issues of ousting Bangladeshis and regularising unauthorised colonies.

First Published: Nov 28, 2003 11:20 IST