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Jangpura: Real humdinger on the cards

What is interesting is the fact that most of the residents in the area said they were going to vote on the basis of the “CM” face of the party rather than their local candidate who would be contesting from Jangpura.

A power-packed battle is on the cards and Kejriwal seems to be having the edge with the area’s auto drivers and street vendors voting for him. Interestingly, most of them are still unaware about their local candidate but emphasise that their votes would go to the broom, the party symbol of AAP.

Rajesh, who is a juice vendor at Jangpura-B and has his shop set up against the backdrop of a huge poster of the AAP supremo at the Bhogal bus-stop, said he had no idea who was standing from AAP for the election but his vote irrespective would go to Arvind Kejriwal and AAP. “Last time, I voted for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal. I did not know who the local representative from the party was. This time too, I don’t know but I will vote for the AAP.”

Raheeb Khan, an auto driver outside Bhogal market, told his friends while chatting with his friends over tea: “Humara vote Arvind Kejriwal ke saath hai aur rahega (Our vote was, is and will be with Arvind Kejriwal). We are sure AAP will win this time as well.”

Meanwhile, the clamour for BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi received an equally vociferous response. Pankaj Sharma, who owns a medicine shop in Bhogal, said with the induction of Kiran Bedi and her nomination as the party’s CM candidate, definitely a lot of middle class voters would vote for BJP. “Kiran Bedi is a strong name. She has a personality that all of Delhi will look up to and want in their Chief Minister. She has had an impeccable record as an IPS officer. After that she has done good work through her NGO as well. The Congress or AAP do not stand a chance in front of her,” asserted Sharma.

Satram, who works at a utensils store in the area, said he too was hopeful that BJP would come to power in Delhi and that Bedi would be the Chief Minister. Nikhil Lal, who runs a Western Union franchise in Jangpura said: “In 2013, my entire family had voted for AAP. We had no clue who MS Dhir was. At that time we wanted change and thus voted for Arvind Kejriwal. But this time Kiran Bedi seems to be a better and promising option. There is hope we see in both of them. It will be a neck and neck fight between Kejriwal and Bedi.”

However, people seemed to be less hopeful about the Congress and they felt that there was very bleak chance for them to make an impression.

Ground reality

With an electorate of 1.29 lakh, Jangpura constituency which is part of East Delhi will witness a triangular contest between AAP’s Praveen Deshmukh, BJP’s Maninder Singh Dhir and Congress Tarvinder Singh Marwah. Former Speaker of Delhi Vidhan Sabha, Dhir had won from Jangpura in 2013 with an AAP ticket but switched to the BJP in November 2014. Meanwhile, for three-time MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah, who had won from this seat in 1998, 2003 and 2008 was defeated by Dhir in 2013 by as many as 2,000 votes.
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