The Bawana Assembly constituency fell vacant after an AAP MLA Ved Prakash moved to Bharatiya Janata Party in March, days ahead of the Municipal polls, following which the Delhi Congress asked for a re-election. The Election Commission of India announced the by-election for the Bawana assembly seat on August 23 and the counting of votes is supposed to take place on August 28.
As for the nominations, Delhi BJP has named Prakash, while AAP has nominated Ramchandra who was previously associated with India Against Corruption. He had also contested as the Bahujan Samaj Party’s candidate in 2008. As for Congress, the three-time Bawana MLA Surender Kumar has filed his nomination. Ajay Maken accompanied him and is confident about the party has he thinks both and AAP have gone ‘’bankrupt’’ and they both have ”borrowed candidates from each other’’.
AAP’s Delhi convener and a minister in the Arvind Kejriwal Government, Gopal Rai said, “Every resident of Bawana from colonies or villages is with AAP as they know the party is working for them.” Ramchandra said that he is committed to the welfare of the people of the Bawana Assembly and believes that it will be a ‘landslide victory’.
Congress, on the other hand, believes that people will remember the work they have done for them in the past 3 years and they have been conducting door-to-door surveys.
BJP candidate Ved Prakash is yet to file his nomination papers. He will file the papers on August 5 after Vice-President’s election as the senior BJP leaders are occupied with it. However, they have assigned workers at the booth and are also involved in door-to-door campaigning. The campaigning is said to gain momentum after August 5.
AAP has asked the Election Commission to tally the VVPAT (Voter verifiable paper audit trail) with the EVM results in the upcoming elections due to the malfunctioning of a voting machine in Zilla Parishad poll in Maharashtra.
A similar situation took place when Rajouri Garden seat fell vacant after AAP MLA Jarnail resigned to take on Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal in Lambi. So the upcoming elections are supposed to be a litmus test for AAP and Congress.