The campaign for Rajinder Nagar bypoll here ended on Tuesday night with the main AAP and BJP candidates reaching out to voters through long-distance runs as well as door-to-door campaigns and claiming victory before the race. Vote on June 23.
AAP senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh confirmed that party candidate Durgesh Pathak would beat BJP’s Rajesh Bhatia with a “big margin” in the letter.
Parliamentary candidate Prem Lata also reached out to voters with a door-to-door campaign and stated that she has the support of youth and women in Rajinder Nagar.
BJP leaders, including Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan, northwest Delhi MP Hans Raj Hans and Delhi unit chief Adesh Gupta along with hundreds of party workers and leaders joined a rally on road on Tuesday.
“My experience from two weeks of extensive campaigning is that people are fed up of being ignored by Rajinder Nagar by the two most recent Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and are determined to vote for the BJP in this by-election.” Gupta said.
He said the lack of water and the lack of development of the AAP government will cost the party in the near term.
Kishan said thousands of Purvanchali voters in the region have not forgotten the “bad treatment” they received from the government of Arvind Kejriwal during the Covid pandemic.
They have also been stripped of benefits from Central programs such as the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme which has not been implemented by the government in Delhi, he said.
The BJP is leaning on Bhatia’s Punjab background as a factor in its favor. Rajinder Nagar constituency has many Punjabi voters.
The AAP also announced on Tuesday that it would document a “historic victory” in the adjournment of the Rajinder Nagar conference when the campaign for the election ended.
Singh expressed confidence in Pathak’s victory, saying, “During the voting campaign, the mood of the people was very positive and pro-AAP. In every ward, they highly appreciated the work of the Kejriwal government.” , he said.
Parliamentary candidate Prem Lata ended her campaign with a door-to-door campaign in the constituency and declared that she has the support of youth and women in Rajinder Nagar.
She promises to address the water crisis in the constituency if elected as an MLA.
During the three-week election campaign, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part in three road runs in support of the AAP candidate.
Kejriwal urges voters to choose ‘Jhadoo’ (AAP symbol) if they want to develop Rajinder Nagar and BJP if they want ‘jhagda’ (quarrel) while campaigning in Karol Bagh area of constituency on 17th June.
The BJP also organized an intensive campaign with dozens of street corner meetings and street performances by leaders. Several Coalition leaders, party MPs, MLAs and functional organizations sought votes for Bhatia by contacting people from the constituency.
The constituency has a total of 1,64,698 voters, including 72,473 women. A total of 14 candidates, including eight independents, are participating in the fight.
The results of the vote will be announced after the vote counting on June 26. Voting needed after sitting AAP MLA Raghav Chadha was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Punjab.