North West Delhi: Popular singer candidate of BJP to take on Cong veteran and ex MLA now with AAP

LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY ROUND-UP: NORTH WEST DELHI

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With inputs from Sri Krishna, Delhi

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Dropping its sitting member Udit Raj and fielding a non-filmi Punjabi and Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans could make the going tough for BJP, which had won all the seven Delhi seats in 2014. Udit Raj, 58, National Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, has now joined the Congress, vowing “not even a single Dalit will vote for the BJP.” AAP leaders, however, have said that Hans Raj Hans cannot contest from this SC-reserved seat since he converted to Islam in 2014.

The 2008 delimitation exercise saw North West Delhi came into existence, comprised of the 10 assembly segments of Nerela, Badli, Rithala, Bawana, Mundka, Kirari, Sultan Pur Majra, Nangloi Jat, Mangol Puri and Rohini.

The three-cornered contest is here is between Gugan Singh of AAP, Hans Raj Hans of BJP and Rajesh Lelothia for Congress.

As per the Election commission of India (ECI) website the constituency has a total of 2378984 voters.

The nominations of  13 candidates from different political parties or standing independently have been accepted by the ECI. 24 nominations have been rejected by the ECI.

Note – Map for representation purpose | Source – http://datameet.org

2014 Lok Sabha Elections

Incumbent MP: Udit Raj

Name of candidate Party Votes secured Vote share (over total votes polled)
Udit Raj BJP 6,29,860 46.44
Rakhi Birla AAP 5,22,842 38.65
Krishna Tirath INC 1,57,468 11.61
Basant Panwar BSP 21485 1.58

Source: ECI

Know your candidates

Hans Raj Hans (BJP)

Popular folk singer Hans Raj Hans joined the BJP on 10 December 2016. He replaced Udit Raj, the incumbent MP from North West Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections.

Padma Shri awardee Hans Raj Hans, 57, is a rank outsider to the constituency, and has little to talk about in his campaign speeches leaving it to party workers to do the door to door work and banking on Narendra Modi’s popularity. Given his shifting loyalties, from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in 2009 on whose ticket he contested the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat that May, to the Congress in February 2016 then the BJP later the same year, voters in Delhi may have heard his albums but know little else about him.

More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the ECI here https://suvidha.eci.gov.in/uploads/affidavit/2019/PC/U05/5/U0520190424062643.pdf

  • Phone: 98115155555
  • E-mail: hansrajhans786@gmail.com

Financial details of candidate

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Movable Rs. 16107732
Immovable Rs. 114830000
Rs. 45508094

Source: MyNeta

Gugan Singh Ranga (AAP)

Gugan Singh, 70, of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a former member of the state assembly on a BJP ticket joined AAP in 2017 and is well known in the constituency. His manifesto promises farmer welfare in this predominantly rural constituency located at the periphery of the national capital. Gugan Singh is a local face and appears to be the front runner with his added emphasis on education and health. A prominent Dalit face among voters in the outer areas of this constituency, Gugan Singh is finding support among villagers who are hoping for better amenities and overall development from AAP.

More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the ECI here.

Financial details of candidate

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Movable Rs. 5053787
Immovable Rs. 7800000
NIL

Source: MyNeta

Rajesh Lilothia (INC)

Congress candidate Rajesh Lelothia, 50, is also a well known face in this constituency, having been a two-time member of the Delhi assembly and is currently working president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee. A long time Congress worker who has held various positions in the party, Lelothia is targeting Udit Raj’s support base, the Dalits, promising to work specially for Dalits, cleaning workers and women’s safety.

More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the ECI here.

Financial details of candidate

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Movable Rs. 11556251
Immovable Rs. 329 lakhs
NIL

Source: MyNeta

Full list of candidates contesting from North West Delhi

Serial No.

Name Of Candidate

Address of Candidate

Party Affiliation

Symbol Allotted

1

ISHWAR MANSUKH ISHU

428,BLOCK-C,PHASE-II,NANGLOI , DELHI- 110041

Satya Bahumat Party

Black Board

2

GAURAV BHATIA

R-36, BLOCK-R , CAMP NO- 5,JAWALAPURI, NEW DELHI-110087

Mazdoor Kirayedar Vikas Party

Gas Cylinder

3

MADAN LAL BALMIKI

C-133,DDA FLATS, NEW RANJEET NAGAR,NEAR SATYAM CINEMA, NEW DELHI-11008

Rashtriya Samrasta Party

Laptop

4

RAM KUMAR

H.N. 207 BLOCK-G PKT-7,SECTOR-16, ROHINI, DELHI

Bhartiya Pragatisheel Congress

SHIP

5

SURESH KUMAR

HOUSE NO-B-605, 3-Rail Vihar,Alpha-I, Greater Noida,UP

Socialist Janata Party

Pressure Cooker

6

ADITI

717, VILLAGE GANGANA, GOHANA,SONIPAT, HARYANA,PIN-131302

Independent

Plastering Trowel

7

CHARAN SINGH “BABRIK”

1986, VILLAGE PILLANJI,KOTLA MUBARAKPUR , DELHI -110003

Independent

Hand Cart

8

NAVEEN

B-198 GALI NO. 26, CHANDAN VIHAR,NIHAL VIHAR PH-II, NANGLOI, DELHI-110041

Independent

Helicopter

Issues in the constituency

In this, one of Delhi’s most densely populated areas having 36,56,539 people spread over residential and commercial areas like Saraswati Vihar, Rohini, Narela, Model Town and Mangol Puri, national security may find little resonance among the over 23 lakh voters, given the more pressing problems they want their MP to address, such as employment and local area development.

Major issues among voters in North West Delhi include sealing, metro connectivity, and water and electricity issues. In 2017, the sealing drive was conducted and factories that violated FAR guidelines were sealed. Naturally, this left thousands of workers unemployed and the owners without any source of income. This has also led to an unemployment problem in the constituency.


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