Assembly polls: Record turnout in Delhi
Marking a record turnout, more than 65 percent voters exercised their franchise to elect a new assembly in Delhi on Wednesday as the battle is being fought by the ruling Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the rookie Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
With large number of people queuing in front of polling booths to elect the new 70-member house, the Election Commission had to extended the voting deadline in the evening.
No violence was reported and the voting was peaceful in the national capital where the Assembly poll assumes significance as it is being considered by many as a litmus test for the ruling Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
Political leaders have also cast their votes in different polling booths across Delhi.
Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury cast his vote in Vasant Kunj polling booth.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi cast his vote at Aurangzeb Road polling booth in New Delhi constituency.
Rahul was seen standing in queue with common men in front of the polling booth to cast his vote.
Earlier in the day, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit cast their votes at Nirman Bhavan polling booth.
Long queues of voters to cast their vote for Delhi Assembly Election, at a polling booth of Rohini, in New Delhi on Dec 04, 2013.
After casting her vote, Dikshit said: "Congress has made Delhi the best city in terms of inclusive development. We will get votes for that. All corruption charges are false."
AAP architect Arvind Kejriwal and BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan cast their votes at Hanuman Road polling booth and Krishna Nagar polling booth respectively.
After casting his vote, Kejriwal said: "People have made up their mind to remove the corrupt from Delhi. Let's fast today. I have not eaten anything since morning."
"I will go to meditate now and return on Dec 7," he said.
Harsh Vardhan said he is 100% sure of BJP's victory in the Delhi polls.
"I hope the voter turnout is high ... at least over 80%. We are 100 per cent sure that we will win with a very high margin," said Harsh Vardhan.
Asked to comment on AAP's chances of wining the polls, he said: "The third party doesn't exist for us."
According to reports, former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam had to return home as the EVM in the polling booth where he went mal-functioned.
He returned home after waiting for sometime.
Kalam, however, later returned and exercised his franchise, reports said,
Delhi witnessed elections in 70 constituencies with at least 1.19 crore voters spread over nine districts to elect a new assembly.
As many as 810 candidates contested the polls.
The ruling Congress has fielded candidates for all 70 seats, BJP for 66 seats and AAP for 69 seats.
Results will be declared on Dec 8.
(Posted on 05-12-2013)