Campaigning ends in Delhi for Thursday’s polling


New Delhi: Campaigning for the seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi that go to the polls Thursday in the penultimate phase of elections ended Tuesday evening with party leaders putting in last ditch efforts to attract voters.

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Before campaigning ended at 5 p.m, the Congress’ star campaigner Rahul Gandhi addressed the media in the morning and a rally in northeast Delhi in the afternoon.

Congress candidate from the New Delhi seat Ajay Maken went to meet Vice President Hamid Ansari at his residence, seeking his vote.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana campaigned in west and northwest Delhi areas. Senior BJP leader V.K. Malhotra and former mayor of Delhi Arti Mehra too campaigned for the party in New Delhi area.

The present Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain campaigned in east Delhi area for BJP candidate Chetan Chauhan.

A total of 160 candidates are in the fray for the capital’s seven Lok Sabha seats.

Thursday’s voting exercise will be spread over 11,348 polling booths.

A total of 11.09 million people are eligible to vote. Of this, nearly four million are in the age group of 18-29 years.

Keeping the summer heat in mind, the Election Commission has arranged for potable water, Oral Rehydration Solution and tents for the benefit of voters at polling booths.

As per classification made by the Delhi Police, out of the total polling stations, 193 are sensitive and 32 hyper-sensitive. The Delhi Police will deploy Quick Reaction Teams, specially around sensitive booths. Delhi Police have deployed about 56,000 police personnel for ensuring free and fair elections.