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April 17, 2013

Ambedkar Nagar

The Congress is in real danger of losing Ambedkar Nagar unless it replaces ChaudharyPrem Singh, its old warhorse.
People in the constituency look at BJP Councillor Khushi Ram, who humbled Prem Singh’s son Pramod in municipality polls last year, as the best bet to wrest the seat.
ambedkar Nagar, the assembly constituency comprising Khanpur village, Madangir, Dakshinpuri, Sainik Farms, seven sectors of PushpVihar and a host of unauthorised colonies near Khanpur, has been synonymous with octogenarian ChaudharyPrem Singh. Right from 1958 when he first made it to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to 2008 when he returned to serve his fourth consecutive term as MLA, this two-time Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President and former Speaker of Delhi Assembly has represented the constituency nine times without ever losing at the hustings.
But this looks set to change as this reserved constituency where a large number out of around 1.35 lakh voters belong to the lower middle class is grappling with inflation, absence of basic amenities, traffic jams and poor connectivity. The latter is despite the area being the site of the national capital’s first BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System), which connects Ambed-kar Nagar to Moolchand set to complete five years with the current term of Delhi Assembly...Read More

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