Sheila, Khurana cast vote; polling progresses
Polling began on Monday morning for the 70 assembly seats in Delhi amidst tight security. An estimated 84.88 lakh voters are likely to exercise franchise.india Updated: Dec 01, 2003 12:06 IST
Polling began on Monday morning for the 70 assembly seats in Delhi amidst tight security. It started at a slow pace and few voters came out to vote in the first hour.
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Sheila Dikshitwas among the prominent personalities who caste their vote. Congress president Sonia Gandhi accompanied the Chief Ministerial candidate as she cast her vote in Gole Market constituency. BJP Chief ministerial candidate Khurana cast her vote in Moti Nagar constituency.
An estimated 84.88 lakh voters are likely to exercise franchise to seal the fate of 817 candidates who include Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP state chief Madan Lal Khurana.
Tight security arrangements had been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling that started at 8. 00 AM and would continue till 5.00 PM.
Over 35,000 policemen have been deployed all over the national capital and an additional 20,000 personnel had been kept on stand by if needed.
Gole Market, from where Sheila Dikshit is seeking re-election, and Moti Nagar, from where Khurana is contesting, will be the two prestigious constituencies to be watched.
Both the heavy-weights are facing challenge from freshers, Sheila Dikshit from Poonam Azad, wife of BJP MP Kirti Azad and Khurana from former student leader Alka Lamba.
Sonia Gandhi casts vote
Casting her vote in New Delhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said she expected "good results" in the assembly polls in the four states but preferred to keep fingers crossed till the results.
"We are expecting good results. But we will have to wait till December 4," she told reporters after exercising her franchise at Nirman Bhavan polling station.
Accompanied by party's chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit, Gandhi, however, did not respond when asked whether assembly polls in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh could be considered a "semi-final" to next year's Lok Sabha polls as has been projected by BJP.
Gandhi also interacted with some party workers at a stall outside the booth.