Bawana bypoll: People of Bawana are set to vote in crucial Assembly bypolls on Wednesday – something touted as a barometer of influence for Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress. Press Trust of India reports that nearly three lakh people are eligible to cast votes at 379 polling stations set up across the constituency in north-west Delhi. The result of the bypoll, considered to be a litmus test for Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government, will be announced on August 28. Bawana bypoll gains significance given Kejriwal-led party’s successive setbacks in the civic polls, the Rajouri Garden assembly by-election and the assembly elections in Punjab and Goa. AAP has fielded Ram Chander from the constituency.
On the other hand, BJP, which has 4 MLAs in the 70-member strong assembly, hopes to maintain its successful run in the national capital where it is putting in strong efforts to make a comeback. The other major contender is the Congress, which will try to open its account after being relegated to zero in the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly. The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 consecutive years, has fielded its former three-time MLA from Bawana, Surender Kumar.
Understanding significance of the polls, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his cabinet colleagues and top AAP leaders have campaigned hectically in the constituency. The BJP has fielded Ved Prakash, AAP turncoat who won from Bawana in 2015. Prakash resigned from the MLA post and quit the AAP to join the BJP in March this year, necessitating the bypoll. PTI, quoting a statement from Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer, reported that EVMs equipped with voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used in the bypoll.
As per PTI, the number of male, female and third gender electors are 1,64,114; 1,30,143; and 25, respectively. The average number of voters per polling station stands at 776. The statement from EC said that out of 379 polling stations in the constituency, 311 have less than 1,000 registered electors, while 68 have more than 1,000 registered electors.