New Delhi, April 13, 2017: The Bhartiya Janata Party’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Thursday won the Delhi assembly by-election from the Rajouri Garden constituency.
According to the Election Commission, he defeated his nearest rival Meenakshi Chandela of the Congress by a margin of nearly 14,000 votes, pushing the ruling AAP’s candidate to a distant third.
It added after the final round of voting that “Sirsa polled 40,602 votes, Chandela 25,950 and the AAP’s Harjeet Singh 10,243 out of a total 78,091 votes cast during poll on Sunday”.
The by-election was conducted as this west-Delhi seat fell vacant early this year after AAP’s Jarnail Singh quit as MLA to contest Punjab Assembly poll against SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal.
The Rajouri Garden bypoll that was held on Sunday, April 9, recorded a voter turnout of 47 per cent out of 1.6 lakh registered voters. The Assembly constituency had recorded 68 per cent voter turnout in 2013 and 72 per cent in 2015.
Technical snags in Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were reported during the bypoll. “The VVPAT machines, which were used across the 166 polling booths, had to be changed at around 38 places while one EVM was also replaced,” said Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar as quoted by media.
The AAP, BJP and Congress were the main contestants in the assembly bypoll. A victory for the BJP will be a big boost for the party as it would come just 10 days ahead of the April 23 MCD elections, where the BJP is facing a decade-long anti-incumbency.
- BJP’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa maintains his lead. He is now leading with over 5,000 votes.
- Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa is leading by 1011 votes.
- Early trends indicate BJP ahead in Rajouri Garden, Congress is second.
- The counting of votes for the Rajouri Garden by-election begins amid tight security.