Sub-standard water supply and road infrastructure issues were among the issues dominating the minds of Rajinder Nagar residents who came to vote in the elevator on Thursday.
The number of voters in the constituency is more than 1.64 lakh, of whom 92,221 are male, 72,473 are female, and 4 are classified as “third gender”. There are 1,899 voters between the ages of 18-19 who are eligible to vote for the first time in the district.
However, voter turnout was low with only about 43.71% at 6pm.
For Sushma Jedka, a resident of Old Rajinder Nagar, the main problems were the poor condition of the roads and the irregular water supply.
Mina, another resident who came to vote with her mother-in-law, said she has lived in the area for 40 years and echoed Sushma’s same demands. “In the past 15-20 days, water supply has been a big problem. Whoever wins has to be able to do some good work for us, ensuring regular water and electricity supply.
The seat became vacant after Rajav Chadha was elected in the Rajya Sabha of Punjab. While the AAP has dispatched Durjesh Bhatak in charge of MCD from the constituency, he is facing former BJP advisor Rajesh Bhatia and former Congressman Prem Lata.
Chadda and a BJP lawmaker in east Delhi, Gautam Gambhir, were seen casting their ballots on Thursday.
Several people have complained that the water condition in the area has not improved despite the presence of Chaddha, who was also the deputy chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, as the anti-money laundering agency.
We want a local candidate so we can talk to him about our grievances. We have seen how the last army of the coalition has been absent from the constituency most of the time. “Water is a major issue here,” said Aarti Arora, a resident of Old Rajinder Nagar.
According to Kuldeep Tanwar of Narayana village, water, sewage and a closed flyover were major problems. “There are several corridors that water does not reach at all,” he said.
Competition in the region between the BJP and the AAP was still going on while the Congress was missing from several places, and the absence of volunteers was evident.
The BJP ran in the elections with the slogan “Bahari vs. Mahli” and “Elector Stanya Chuniga Stanya Vidayak (the local voter will choose the local MLA).
Vinod Kumar, a resident of Endipuri said, “There is a problem with the water supply, the sewers are also crowded, but people think it is better to give the ruling party another chance because they have more resources at their disposal to improve things.”
In the Jhuggi Jhopri groups, there was overwhelming support for the AAP as people said that free electricity had improved their lives.
There could be infrastructure improvements such as building more toilets, but residents are happy with the free electricity scheme and free bus rides for women, said Nabila Hussain, who lives in Jogi in the constituency. “We save a lot of money through free electricity and transportation,” she said.