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Lok Sabha polls: Delhi to vote on May 12

BJP, Cong yet to finalise candidates; time to throw out most-dictatorial govt in history of India: Kejriwal

The polls for all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi will be held on May 12 in the sixth phase of the seven-phase 2019 general election, the Election Commission of India announced on Sunday.

The figures released by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Delhi on January 18 stated that there are over 1.36 crore voters in the city. However, the number is likely to increase with the office of the CEO holding several special camps to enrol new voters.

“Total voters during general election 2014 were 1,27,06,366 whereas electors as per final roll published on January 18 are 1,36,95,291, which is an increase of 9,88,925 [7.78%]. The number of voters is likely to increase further during continuous updation before the general election 2019,” the CEO said.

He said the number of polling stations has been increased from 13,418 to 13,816. The number of polling locations has also increased from 2,670 to 2,696 as a part of an exercise to rationalise polling stations, he added.

Welcoming the announcement, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Ultimately back to We the people -the real power of our democracy. Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. Time to seek answers on demonetisation, jobs, destruction of traders n destroying brotherhood amongst different communities. [sic].”

Both the Delhi Congress and the Delhi BJP said two months would give them ample time to launch their campaigns.

Pact still on cards

AAP has already announced six of the seven candidates for the polls even though sources say a tie-up with the Delhi Congress was still on the cards. The BJP and Congress are still in the process of finalising their candidates.

The Delhi Congress said it has received over 100 applications for the seven Lok Sabha seats.

The BJP is in the midst of carrying out an exercise to evaluate the performance of all of its seven sitting MPs.

AAP on Sunday said it will be rolling out a three-tier Lok Sabha campaign. At the first level, it said 1,000 teams will go-door-to-door, covering seven Lok Sabha constituencies divided into 560 zones.

The party will also distribute a letter, written by Mr. Kejriwal, explaining the benefits of full statehood and the disadvantages Delhi currently faces because it is not a full State.

They said 20 vehicles equipped with LED screens and speakers will do the rounds at each constituency.

They will play a song on full statehood and replay speeches of Mr. Kejriwal and highlight his achievements.

At the second level, all AAP legislators will hold extensive campaigning in their constituencies and at the third level, AAP will field “star campaigners” at rallies and street meetings.

The Delhi CEO has appealed to all Delhiites to check their name in the final electoral roll as a mere holding of Voter Identity card does not entitle the voter to cast his/her vote during the election.

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