The streets of northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar colony are abuzz with conversations over the February 8 Delhi assembly elections. But residents find it “difficult to predict” the outcome of their own constituency. Locals in the Karawal Nagar assembly seat —it has a sizeable population of people from Purvanchali and Uttrakhand —say they will vote for development. But their regional ties with candidates are an important factor. Another key issue, they say, is the representation of Purvanchalis —migrants from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar— in the candidate list of the three main parties, Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. Unlike the past elections, when the community got just 2-3 seats, this time the parties have fielded 8-10 Purvanchalis. The parties are hard selling how they have given the community “adhikar and samman” (representation in Delhi’s electoral politics and respect), apart from the development work they have done in Purvanchali-dominated neighbourhoods. In Karawal Nagar, the BJP is banking on the party’s Purvanchali face and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and its candidate Mohan Singh Bisht (62), who belongs to the Uttrakhand community and has represented the constituency four times in the past. Bisht is pitted against the Aam Aadmi… Read full this story
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