Delhi polls: 67 per cent voter turnout recorded

Kejriwal’s AAP is confident of win but BJP can still surprise many

GN Bureau | February 7, 2015


#Delhi polls   #Delhi elections   #aam aadmi party   #bharatiya janata party   #arvind kejriwal   #kiran bedi   #voter turnout delhi  


Delhi took to voting booths very early on Saturday along with VIPs like president Pranab Mukherjee, vice president Hamid Ansari, and ministers.

About 67 per cent of the capital voted on Sunday which was a turnout higher than that of the the assembly elections a year ago.

The high stakes battle for Delhi is important for both Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party.

35 per cent voters turnout was recoded till 1 pm.

Meanwhile,  in a series of tweets, Arvind Kejriwal alleged, "Polling slowed down in many places. Long queues. Its taking 2 hrs in some places. Voters returning...As per rules, 3 voters r allowed inside booth at a time. They r allowing only 1 voter, which has slowed down voting...Even lunch breaks being taken which is against rules. EC shud immediately intervene."


Kiran Bedi on the other hand alleged that AAP was distributing cash and "forcing people" to vote. The BJP's candidate against Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi constituency, Nupur Sharma, 26, accused AAP workers of misbehaving with her and other women.

 

 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:  "As Delhi votes today, urging voters to go out and vote in large numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote in record numbers." And it seemed like the capital was going to set a new record as voting percentage had touched 20% at 11 am. The voting percentage in the previous assembly election was close to 67 percent; in the general election it was around 66 percent.

Kiran Bedi, the BJP's chief minister candidate also voted early. She has announced that she was going to visit over 12,000 polling booths in Delhi. She takes on Arvind Kejriwal, 46, for the top post.

 The AAP, which had put up a good performance in the December 2013 assembly polls, seemed confident about its chances. "We expect to win more than 47 seats," said AAP leader Yogendra Yadav.

BJP’s Shazia Ilmi said, "people want a government that can convert their promises to reality. I'm confident that the BJP will come to power here as in the Centre."

Congress president Sonia Gandhi who cast her vote early told the media: "Whatever people want will happen."

 

 

 

Comments

 

Other News

In Maharashtra, a wave of aid for the needy

In Maharashtra, the epicentre of India’s devastating second wave, several NGOs and civil society organisations have been at work to combat the pandemic – by spreading awareness about precautions, by helping the slum-dwellers book appointment for vaccine, by providing meals to the marginalised a

Daily recovery averages 3.28 lakh cases in 10 days

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed the landmark of 17 crore on Monday as the Phase 3 of the nationwide vaccination drive expands further. India is the fastest country to administer 17 crore Covid vaccine doses – China took 119 days and USA 115 days

“UP situation extremely bad, govt hiding data”

India is battling the second wave of Covid-19 and infections are spreading into the interiors of the country, says Dr Anurag Bhadouria, National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party. It is precipitated by the elections in five states, the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and also panchayat elections in many states, he says

CoWIN to have new security feature from Saturday

The CoWIN system, the overarching digital platform for citizens seeking appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine, is introducing a new four-digit security code” in the application from Saturday to minimise a peculiar error and subsequent inconvenience to citizens. “It has been notic

Learn from Mumbai model to manage oxygen supply: supreme court

Mumbai, once the epicentre of the pandemic in India, has emerged as a model for all others in mitigating the crisis. The supreme court on Wednesday said the central government should adopt and take lessons from the Mumbai model to manage liquid medical oxygen supply for Covid-19 patients in Delhi.

‘What do they know of history who only history know?’

A Functioning Anarchy? Essays For Ramachandra Guha Edited by Srinath Raghavan and Nandini Sundar Penguin Random House India / 392 pages / Rs 650 In a long and versatile career spanning thirty-five years, Ramachandra Guha has prod

Visionary Talk with Dr. Ashok Seth, Padma Bhushan Awardee & Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute On Tackling Corona



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter