Delhi gears up for polls tomorrow

Delhi gears up for polls tomorrow


All eyes will be on the fledgling Aam Admi Party as Delhiites vote tomorrow in the Assembly elections in which BJP is seeking to stop Congress from clinching a record fourth win. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


The entry of Arvind Kejriwal's AAP has changed the dimension of the fight in the polls and it will be interesting to see whether the newbie will just be a "spoiler" or win some seats as predicted by opinion polls,riding on its anti-corruption plank. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


The BJP had deployed a battery of top leaders including L K Advani,Narendra Modi,Arun Jaitley,Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari who criss-crossed the entire city addressing scores of rallies asking people to "oust" the "corrupt" Congress dispensation. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


With participation of almost the entire top brass,BJP's campaign looked impressive compared to Congress. The Aam Admi Party mainly resorted to door-to-door campaigning while its leader Arvind Kejriwal addressed scores of road shows. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


Both Congress and BJP have dismissed AAP as a serious contender but various pre-poll surveys predicted significant support for the newly formed party. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


Though Congress President Sonia Gandhi addressed one rally and Vice President Rahul two election meetings,the entire campaign of the ruling party was led by 75-year-old Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who sought people's support for a fourth consecutive term to continue her "agenda of inclusive development". (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


In what is seen as her toughest electoral battle,Dikshit may face people's wrath because of significant rise in prices of vegetables and fruits in the last two months besides the anti-incumbency factor which is visible in certain areas. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


Charges were also traded between BJP and Congress on a number of local issues like regularisation of unauthorised colonies,BRT corridor,demand for full statehood for Delhi and high water and power tariff. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


A total of 1.19 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise tomorrow. There are over 4.05 lakh first-time voters. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


A total of 810 candidates are in the fray for the 70- member assembly. BJP has fielded candidates in 66 seats and Congress and AAP in all 70 constituencies. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)


The BSP has fielded candidates in 69 seats,NCP in nine and Samajwadi Party has fielded candidates in 27 seats. A total of 224 independents are also in the fray. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)


The elections in Delhi and four other states are being seen as the semi-final for the Lok Sabha polls next year. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)


The stakes in this election are high for Dikshit,who mainly highlighted her achievements and development agenda while BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan promised to cut power tariff by 30 per cent and slash vegetable prices within 30 days of coming to power. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)


The BJP has also promised to give 12 subsidised LPG cylinders in a year to each household instead of current nine besides ensuring full statehood. It has also promised to set up a dedicated Women Security Force to ensure safety of women. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)