“I have voted for change. Both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have ruled for a long time. Now the Aam Aadmi Party has given a new hope and managed to win the trust of the people. I went to Ramlila Ground twice during “Jan Lokpal” movement and have voted for “Jharu” (the symbol for AAP),” said 19-year-old Naina Arora, coming out of a polling station at Himalaya Public Senior Secondary School in Rohini, exercising her franchise for the first time.

Though the political observers expect a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress on all the ten Assembly constituencies in the North-West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, the AAP seems to have caught the imagination of the people, especially the younger generation, and emerged as a choice for the electorate.

Vinit Jha, a young salesman working for a cellular company, said that AAP was quite popular among the youth in Inder Enclave in the Kirari Assembly constituency and deserved an opportunity. “It is a good party. It practices and preaches politics of inclusion. I want a change and thus voted for AAP,” said Vinit.

Even in Mangolpuri, which is a traditional stronghold of the Congress and represented by PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, there seemed to be an undercurrent for change. “Nothing has been done during the past 15 years. The prices of essential commodities have gone through the roof, unauthorised colonies have not been regularised, crime against women is on the rise. The common man cannot afford two square meals a day. We want a change and voted for AAP,” said Raju, who runs a repair workshop, and had come to cast his vote with his wife and nonagenarian mother.

“It will be Congress again in Mangolpuri. No one can change that. But I have still voted for AAP,” said an auto-driver Rakesh, coming out from a polling station at Block “C” Mangolpuri.