The polling for the Bawana bypoll in the national capital was affected for a while due to glitches in the EVM machines, before being resumed, ANI said. As per PTI, voting had begun in Bawana today, in which three major parties of the city, AAP, Congress and the BJP are locking horns in the triangular contest. The report further said that more than 2.94 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes in the bypoll in which EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used at all polling stations. The polling began earlier at 8 AM. The seat is reserved for the Scheduled Caste category. As many as eight candidates are in the fray. The counting of the election will take place on August 28.
Even as the AAP enjoys a huge majority in the Assembly with 67 MLAs in the 70 member Assembly, a victory will be an icing on the cake for the party after consecutive setbacks in the civic polls, the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-election and Goa and Punjab state Assembly elections. The party has fielded Ram Chander from the constituency.
On the other hand, BJP which has three MLAs in the House hopes to maintain its momentum in the national capital. The election is also crucial for the Congress which is hoping to open its account after failing to win any seat in the Last Assembly election. As per PTI, CM Arvind Kejriwal as also his cabinet colleagues campaigned in the constituency.
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While the BJP has fielded Ved Prakash for the seat, Congress has fielded Surendra Kumar. Prakash had earlier resigned from AAP to join BJP. The polling percentage for Delhi Assembly in 2013 and 2015, were 65.63 percent and 67.12 percent respectively.