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NE Delhi registers highest turnout

New Delhi: Voters queued up outside the polling booths on Sunday in northeast Lok sahba constituency which recorded the highest turnout of 63.45 per cent voting on poll day across the Delhi. However, it was slight decline with the voting percentage of North east delhi in year 2014 which recorded 67.29 per cent.

The densely populated constituency is basically home to the majority of migrant workers from the across the country. Moreover, the voters in north-east turnout to the polling station with a demand to rectify their issues of security, sealing, parking and traffic management but also talked of having given importance to national security in their voting preferences. The ten constituency witness voting percentage with Burari -59.98 percent, Timarpur 60.02 percent, Seemapuri-67.40 percent, Rohtas Nagar – 66.47 percent, Seelampur – 66.47 per cent, Ghonda- 58.80 per cent, Babarpur- 62.14 per cent, Gokalpur- 62.14 per cent, Mustafabad – 65 per cent, Karawal Nagar – 62.91 per cent.

The constituency, where Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, and AAP's Dilip Pandey are contesting, a voter said that the issue of statehood taken up by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is a waste of time. "I have voted for the party that I think will ensure cleanliness and lesser traffic in Delhi," he said.

Hamid Khan, a resident of Jafrabad, opined that Sheila Dikshit's entry into the battlefield in Delhi has made it tougher for AAP to secure the Muslim vote in the constituency. Saif Ali, who supports AAP, and Mohammed Ali, who supports the Congress, said that the issue in the area is unemployment in the formal sector.

Meanwhile, AAP supporters said that Sheila Dikshit's age and infirm health makes her unfit to serve the 22 lakh voters in the constituency. "AAP has transformed this area. This school was a 'tent wala school' and has been transformed into a proper building called Zeenat Mahal by the AAP," a supporter said.

Claiming that the BJP would emerge victorious in all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the party's city unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who had cast his vote at Ghonda constituency, said on Sunday evening and also revealed that Aam Aadmi party (AAP) will trail at the third place and Congress will do only slight better in the contest.

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