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Udit Raj’s last-minute shift to Cong adds twist to North West Delhi polls

The BJP has fielded popular Punjabi Hans Raj Hans, preferring him over the incumbent Udit Raj, who then joined the Congress. The Congress is banking on one of its three working presidents and two-time MLA Rajesh Lilothia, who is the party’s known Dalit face. Udit Raj, who has a strong support base in the area, said he will campaign for Lilothia.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 11, 2019 21:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Udit Raj will be a major factor in the North-West Delhi constituency for Congress
Udit Raj will be a major factor in the North-West Delhi constituency for Congress(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
         

The North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase of parliamentary elections, is a mix of unauthorised colonies, middle class urban areas, an industrial belt and a swathe or rural areas.

Understandably, the demographic profile of the voters is equally varied in this seat reserved for Scheduled Castes.

The constituency of 23.7 lakh voters has a sizeable Scheduled Caste population, roughly 22% of the voter base. The villages are dominated by Jats and Brahmins, while unauthorised colonies and slums have mostly Scheduled Caste and Muslim voters.

The BJP has fielded popular Punjabi Hans Raj Hans, preferring him over the incumbent Udit Raj, who then joined the Congress. The Congress is banking on one of its three working presidents and two-time MLA Rajesh Lilothia, who is the party’s known Dalit face. Udit Raj, who has a strong support base in the area, said he will campaign for Lilothia.

The AAP has fielded Gugan Singh, a former BJP MLA from Bawana. Singh had contested the 2015 assembly election but lost to AAP’s Ved Prakash. Singh joined AAP in 2017 when the BJP denied him a ticket for the Bawana bypoll.

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In 2009, a year after it was created,the Congress’s Krishna Tirath clinched North West Delhi for the first time. The sitting MP, Udit Raj, bagged the seat on a BJP ticket in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, defeating AAP’s Rakhi Birla by 1.06 lakh votes. Tirath was at the third spot in 2014. With Raj backing the Congress, the contest is set to be interesting.

The constituency was carved out of Outer Delhi constituency in 2008 and reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates. Ten assembly constituencies — Bawana, Rithala, Mundka, Nangloi Jat, Mangol Puri, Rohini, Sultan Pur Majra, Narela, Badli and Kirari— come under this seat.

The delimitation period coincided with migration of Purvanchalis – people from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — across Delhi. A large chunk of the Dalit community from within Purvanchalis settled in areas under North West Delhi. With this, Dalit population in areas that were now under North West Delhi seat became highest in proportion compared to others.

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While civic issues and facilities are the key issues in the urban areas of the constituency, in the rural belt, people say they need hospitals, better transport, higher education institutions, especially for girls, and lower electricity tariff for tube wells.

BJP’s Hans says, “Hospitals, social security, pollution control and improvement of water supply will be the key issues I would like to address.”

AAP’s Singh says he was aware of the problems in the constituency. “I have worked in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police) so I know how to obey an order. In a similar fashion, I will obey orders of the voters here. Full statehood, lack of higher education institution will be some of the issues I will focus on,” Singh said.

The Congress has promised better basic amenities while attacking the ruling party over the sealing drive.

 

Bihar
GopalganjJanak Ram, BJP
SiwanOm Prakash Yadav, BJP
MaharajganjJanardan Singh Sigriwal, BJP
Paschim ChamparanDr. Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP
Purvi ChamparanRadha Mohan Singh, BJP
SheoharRama Devi, BJP
VaishaliRama Kishore Singh, LJP
Valmiki NagarSatish Chandra Dubey, BJP
Madhya Pradesh
BhindDr. Bhagirath Prasad, BJP
BhopalAlok Sanjar, BJP
GunaJyotiraditya Scindia, Congress
GwaliorNarendra Singh Tomar, BJP
MorenaAnoop Mishra, BJP
SagarLaxmi Narayan Yadav, BJP
VidishaSushma Swaraj, BJP
RajgarhRodmal Nagar, BJP
Delhi
South DelhiRamesh Bidhuri, BJP
West DelhiParvesh Sahib Singh Verma, BJP
East DelhiMaheish Girri, BJP
Chandni ChowkHarsh Vardhan, BJP
North West DelhiUdit Raj, BJP
North East DelhiManoj Tiwari, BJP
New DelhiMeenakshi Lekhi, BJP
Haryana
Ambala (SC)Rattan Lal Kataria, BJP
KurukshetraRaj Kumar Saini, BJP
Sirsa (SC)Charanjeet Singh Rori, INLD
HisarDushyant Chautala, JJP
KarnalAshwini Kumar Chopra, BJP
SonipatRamesh Chander Kaushik, BJP
RohtakDeepender Hooda, Congress
Bhiwani–MahendragarhDharambir, BJP
GurgaonRao Inderjit Singh, BJP
FaridabadKrishan Pal Gurjar, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
AllahabadShyama Charan Gupta, BJP
Ambedkar NagarHariom Pandey, BJP
AzamgarhMulayam Singh Yadav, SP
BastiHarish Dwivedi, BJP
BadohiVirendra Singh, BJP
DomariyaganjJagdambika Pal, BJP
JaunpurKP Singh, BJP
LalganjNeelam Sonkar, BJP
MachhlishahrRam Charitra Nishad, BJP
PhulpurNagendra Pratap Singh Patel, SP
PratapgarhKuwar Harivansh Singh, Apna Dal
Sant Kabir NagarSharad Tripathi, BJP
Shrawasti Daddan Mishra, BJP
SultanpurVarun Gandhi, BJP
Jharkhand
DhanbadPashupati Nath Singh, BJP
GiridihRavindra Kumar Pandey, BJP
JamshedpurVidyut Baran Mahto, BJP
SinghbhumLaxman Gilua, BJP
West Bengal
BankuraMoon Moon Sen, Trinamool Congress
BishnupurSaumitra Khan, Trinamool Congress
JhargramUma Saren, Trinamool Congress
GhatalDeepak Adhikari, Trinamool
KanthiSisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
MedinipurSandhya Roy, Trinamool Congress
PuruliaMriganko Mahato, Trinamool
TamlukDibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 11, 2019 16:51 IST