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Will Trans-Yamuna vote in unity to end Delhi political logjam?

Will Trans-Yamuna vote in unity to end Delhi political logjam?
The political strategists of both - the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party are putting extra effort in this region so as to corner maximum number of seats from the Trans-Yamuna region.

AAP heavyweight leader Manish Sisodia is also fighting from Patparganj assembly seat which lies in this part of Delhi and another top leader and party strategist Yogendra Yadav is also extensively campaigning in this region.

In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP won eight seats, the AAP clinched five and the Congress three, which indicated that the voting behaviour from the region was mixed and not one-sided. This apparently led to a hung assembly in last assembly polls.

The Congress which had finished at zero on 30 assembly segments of New Delhi, South Delhi and West Delhi had secured three seats from this region in 2013.

According to sources, BJP’s strategy to field its Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi from this region (Krishnanagar) is aimed at improving its tally in the ensuing election by infusing a confidence of development among people of the area which is considered the backyard of Delhi.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start his election campaign in Delhi by holding his first political rally in East Delhi (Trans-Yamuna) on January, 31,” said Praveen Shankar Kapoor, who is heading media cell of Delhi BJP.

The BJP is aiming to replicate its performance in the Lok Sabha polls where it led it 14 out of 16 assembly segments. Only in two – Seelampur and Seemapuri AAP had led. Seelampur is considered the pocket-borough of five-time Congress MLA Mateen Ahmed. The Seemapuri seat was won by AAP in 2013 polls.

The strategists of AAP expect a consolidation of Muslim vote in their favour as Congress is not in a position to form government.

The AAP has fielded Haji Ishraq from this seat with a hope to wrest it from the Congress. Defying strong Modi wave in Lok Sabha elections people of Seemapuri gave 47,491votes to AAP higher than 43,199 votes in 2013. But now AAP has changed its sitting MLA Dharmendra Koli, the brother of slain AAP leader Seema Koli.

‘We will surely increase our seats in Trans-Yamuna. We can’t give you a number at this time,” said Manish Sisodia. AAP’s strategists are planning to wrest both the Muslim dominated seats from Congress in this region- Seelampur and Mustafabad.

The other seats on the radar of AAP are- Babarpur, Ghonda, Gokalpuri, where the winning margin was moderate besides retaining Laxmi Nagar was represented by friend-turn-foe Vindo Kumar Binny.

Except during the strong Modi wave in the last Lok Sabha election, the region never voted in unity.
The newly created East MCD which covers the entire Trans-Yamuna area has 64 wards, out of which 35 were won by BJP in 2012 MCD election followed by Congress which had clinched 19 wards. The political strategists believe that the way of power to Delhi would pass through the Trans-Yamuna area.
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