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Parties take back-seat as its Kejriwal vs Bedi

Parties take back-seat as its Kejriwal vs Bedi
“I don’t know the name of the candidate contesting from this seat. I had never met him. For me Arvind Kejriwal is contesting and I will vote on broom (Mujhe nahi pata ki kaun lad raha, par mere liye sirf Arvind Kejriwal lad raha),” said Rajesh Kumar, a voter in Ambedkar Nagar assembly segment of Delhi. He is not alone to be singled out but this is an answer from the voters next door.

The entire area is divided on Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi. But one should not take them as a completely “politically unaware” lot as all of them will answer this question right. Will you vote for Narendra Modi? “He has become the Prime Minister. This election is for the post of Chief Minister in Delhi,” pat comes the reply.

However, those supporting Bedi will add this as another argument to support their candidate. “Modiji ke kam ka bhi farak padega” (Modi’s work will also have an impact). The constituency comprising mostly people from the lower classes, is reserved for Scheduled Caste category and was won by the AAP in the last assembly election.

The voters in most of the constituencies are divided on these two names of the Chief Ministerial candidate and put forth arguments on merits and demerits of both. “The declaration of Kiran Bedi as Chief Ministerial candidate will act as a boost for the BJP. We will get more seats and win with a greater margin. The women and youths are highly polarized towards BJP in her leadership,” said Rekha Gupta, who is contesting from Shalimar Bagh assembly segment.

Shalimar Bagh was considered a pocket borough of the BJP as it held the seat for four consecutive times but lost to AAP’s Vandana Kumari in the December 4, 2013 assembly elections. BJP too has fielded a woman candidate. The BJP candidates who were so far shying away on the name of their CM candidate now proudly mention Bedi. “I will win by my own work in my area but the winning margin will definitely increase as we have projected a strong, honest and deliverable CM candidate,” said Yogender Chandolia, mayor of North MCD who has been fielded from Karol Bagh. “People will vote for the broom and will never consider the candidates,” said Manish Sisodia, senior AAP leader and candidate from Patpargunj.

The BJP has fielded former AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny against him with a view that he would get some votes of his own and all of BJP vote bank to defeat Sisodia.

“Congress never does such type of politics. We bank on both – merit of the local candidate and top leadership. I have served in this area for 17 years as a Councillor and most of the people know me personally,” said Mukesh Goel, leader of opposition in North MCD.

He is contesting from Adarsh Nagar assembly seat. The Congress candidates are however, focusing more on their personal performance than on leadership as most of them are already miffed with infighting at the top.
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