“Itni police aur media aayi hai, lagta hai pradhan mantri pad ke liye voting ho rahi hai, assembly nahi (With such high security and media presence it feels like we are voting for the prime ministerial post, not an assembly seat) ” – Chetna Yadav, a resident of north Delhi constituency Bawana.
Today is a crucial day for the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi as Bawana by elections will determine whether they have maintained their charm and support in Delhi or not after losing the municipal corporation elections held earlier this year.
The voting began at 8 am and is supposed to continue until 5 pm today evening while the counting is scheduled for 28 August 2017.
The Bawana seat in New Delhi fell vacant after Ved Prakash of the AAP switched parties and joined the BJP in March this year.
The Aam Aadmi Party, the BJP, and the Congress are locked in a three-corner fight in assembly seat, the outcome of which could determine more than just who represents the Bawana constituency.
Bawana is one of the 12 reserved constituencies for scheduled castes in the 70-member Delhi assembly.
The Bawana assembly seat is dotted with 26 villages, slum clusters, unauthorized colonies and parts of Rohini sector 20 and 21.
The demographic diversity also gets reflected in the problems affecting the area — from lack of transport for rural villages to basic amenities like drinking water, roads, drains, and sewerage.
Another major highlight of the polls are the VVPAT machines. This is the first time the technology is being used in the by-polls. In a move to bring in more transparency in the system, the Election Commission has introduced VVPAT to ensure citizens can physically verify their vote once cast.