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Cong clean sweep in Delhi
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

Congress supporters celebrate outside the residence of Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Saturday.
Congress supporters celebrate outside the residence of Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal
Winners: Sandeep Dikshit, Jaiprakash Agarwal, Krishna Tirath, Kapil Sibal, Ajay Maken, Mahabal Mishra, Ramesh Kumar

New Delhi, May 16
The Congress has swept all of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi with a heavy margin, improving upon its last times tally of six. The Congress win came amidst stiff opposition from parties that raised issues like 1984 anti-sikh riots, inflation, fee hike, water and power shortage in Delhi.

Riots victims led by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) activists demonstrated against Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, which ultimately forced the Congress to withdraw their tickets but this hardly cast any shadow on the election results. In the last Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had won six seats while the BJP had secured one in South Delhi, which was won by VK Malhotra.

In this election, the BJP candidates were defeated by their nearest rivals with heavy margins. In the beginning it was said that the BSP would damage the Congress in at least three seats - North-East, East and South Delhi. But in these constituencies Congress candidates left their rivals far behind.

East Delhi Congress candidate Sandeep Dikshit bagged 5.17 lakh votes to defeat BJP’s Chetan Chauhan by a heavy margin of 2.41 lakh votes. Chetan managed to get only 2.76 lakh votes.

DPCC president Jaiprakash Agarwal, who contested from North-East Delhi defeated his rival BL Sharma Prem by a margin of 2.2 lakh votes. He was given ticket at the last moment when the Congress had withdrawn the ticket of Jagdish Tytler under the pressure from Sikh community. Without wasting any time, he toured the North-East area and convinced electorates to vote for him.

It was a similar story in South Delhi also, where the Congress high command had withdrawn the ticket of towering Jat leader Sajjan kumar, who is one of the suspects of 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Finally, the Congress fielded his brother Ramesh Kumar who defeated his nearest rival and BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri by a margin of 93,219 votes. Ramesh Kumar got 3.60 lakh votes while Bidhuri could manage only 2.67 lakh votes.

BSP candidate from South Delhi Karan Singh Tanwar, who was the richest contestant among all, secured only 88,120 votes only.

New Delhi Congress candidate Ajay Maken won the election by a margin of 1.87 lakh votes, defeating BJP candidate Vijay Goel who had shifted from Chandni Chowk.

Congress candidate in North-West Delhi Krishna Tirath defeated BJP candidate Meera Kanwaria by a margin of 1.84 lakh votes. Kanwaria got 3.02 lakh votes. Earlier both these women leaders used to contest from erstwhile Karol Bagh. In the last election also Krishna Tirath had defeated Meera Kanwaria.

First time Lok Sabha contestant on BJP ticket Vijender Gupta was defeated by a seasoned Congress candidate Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk by a heavy margin of 2.7 lakh votes. The BJP even couldn’t manage to hold on to its most strong seat of west Delhi. Congress candidate Mahabal Mishra defeated saffron candidate Jagdish Mukhi by a margin of 1.29 lakh votes. Mahabal was polled 4.79 lakh votes while Mukhi got only 3.50 votes.

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