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August 28, 2013

Delhi Election 2013 Tughlakabad

Two-time BJP MLA Ramesh Bidhuri continues to be popular in Tughlakabad, despite 60 per cent of the constituency being parched due to inadequate supply of drinking water. 

Though a resurgent Congress may again push the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to third spot, it is unlikely to dislodge Bidhuri, the Delhi BJP General Secretary. Former Congress MLA Sheesh Pal is among the front runners for the party nomination. 

In 2008, BSP’s Sahi Ram Pehalwan, now a Councillor from TekhandWard, was the main challenger. He is again in race for his party ticket but Mayawati is known for throwing surprises. 

Surprisingly, despite having a large lower middle class, Aam AadmiParty (AAP) does not enjoy significant support in the constituency. 
Today the entire Tughlaqabad fort area, including Tughlakabad village, is facing acute shortage of drinking water. Considered nerve centre of Tughlakabad Assembly Constituency (besides current BJP MLA Ramesh Bidhuri, it is the residence of former MLAs Sheesh Pal and Rambir Singh Bidhuri), the village with close to 30,000 voters, is part of the 60 per cent of the constituency where scarcity of drinking water has led tempers to boil. The village women and children can be seen running around and scouting for drinking water in pipes during any time of the day. Drinking water is the biggest issue for around 1.5 lakh voters of the constituency living in Tughlakabad and Tekhand villages, Harkesh Nagar, Lal Kuan, Pul Prahladpur, 35 JJ Camps, including Sanjay Colony and Indira Kalyan Vihar.Read more..

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