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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Campaigning for Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana LS seats ends

BJP expected to show strong performance in polls in national capital, with AAP hoping to recreate magic of December state assembly polls


Campaigning for Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana LS seats ends (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital ended Tuesday, with candidates from political parties criss-crossing their constituencies in a last attempt to woo voters ahead of the April 10 polling.

An estimated 12 million voters will be eligible to take part in the day-long polling across 11,763 centres Thursday to pick seven Lok Sabha members from among 150 candidates, including 57 Independents.

Candidates of all the three main parties - Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the AAP - held scores of road shows, door-to-door campaigns, public meetings and rallies across the city as they made one last attempt to woo the voters.

Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan, contesting from Chandni Chowk constituency, went on a road show with fellow leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and visited many localities in his area, including Wazirpur, Kanhaiya Nagar, Keshavpuram and Bharat Nagar, seeking people's support.

The party's candidate from South Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri, who too was joined by Sidhu, met voters in Chirag Delhi, Nehru Place and Govindpuri localities.

On the final day of campaigning, sitting Congress member from New Delhi Ajay Maken met residents of Gulmohar Park journalists' colony at an interaction over breakfast. The Congress general secretary said his prospects of getting re-elected were very good.

Meanwhile, AAP leaders in their rallies attacked the BJP and Congress, calling them communal and corrupt. AAP's Anand Kumar, contesting from North East Delhi, said in his rally that the people would defeat the communal BJP and corrupt Congress and choose AAP.

The last day also witnessed an ugly incident involving AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal who was slapped by an auto-rickshaw driver while campaigning for party candidate Rakhi Birla in West Delhi's Sultanpuri area. The attack left the 45-year-old Kejriwal with a swollen left eye.

The national capital will for the first time witness a three-way battle between the Congress, which lost control of Delhi after the December 2013 assembly polls, a confident BJP and the vocal AAP that ruled Delhi for 49 days till February 14 earlier this year.

Even as both the BJP and AAP claimed they will win all seven seats in Delhi, the Congress, whose 15-year rule in Delhi ended in December, said voters who had ignored the party back then have returned. Political observers feel the BJP has the upper hand in Delhi, and AAP could win two of the seven seats.

Campaigning ends in Chandigarh, Haryana

Chandigarh:  Campaigning for Thursday's Lok Sabha election in Haryana and Chandigarh ended Tuesday evening with leading parties and candidates winding up with road shows in different constituencies.

While Haryana has 10 Lok Sabha seats, Chandigarh has only one seat. Voting for all these seats will be held Thursday (April 10).

There are 230 candidates, including only 10 women, in the fray for the Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. The state has nearly 1.6 crore voters, including 71 lakh women voters, who will decide the fate of these candidates.

The Election Commission has set up 16,244 polling stations this time.

Haryana's chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said here Tuesday that campaigning in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies of Haryana was largely orderly.

"To ensure peaceful conduct of elections and maintenance of law and order, about 44,000 police personnel and home guards and 60 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed," Walgad said.

The outcome of the election is crucial as Haryana goes in for assembly polls October this year.

The state is witnessing multi-cornered contests on most seats this time. They major parties in the electoral fray are the ruling Congress, main opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is in alliance with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The big names in the fray include billionaire industrialist Naveen Jindal (Congress-Kurukshetra), Deepinder Hooda (Congress-Rohtak), Dushyant Chautala (INLD-Hisar), Kuldeep Bishnoi (HJC-Hisar), Yogendra Yadav (AAP-Gurgaon) and Shruti Chaudhary (Bhiwani-Mahendergarh).

In Chandigarh, over six lakh voters will decide the fate of sitting MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who has been MP from here in 1991, 1999, 2004 and 2009, and 16 other candidates.

Bansal is being challenged by three women candidates - Kirron Kher (BJP), Gulkirat Kaur Panag (Gul Panag) of AAP and Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq of the BSP.

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