This Lok Sabha seat is the most high-profile as it is home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the residences of the President and the Prime Minister of India and all the top civil, judicial, military and diplomatic enclaves
New Delhi: The New Delhi Parliamentary seat is considered to be a high-profile seat as leaders like LK Advani, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and actor Rajesh Khanna have contested from this historically significant seat. To bag this seat, the BJP has fielded its sitting member of parliament (MP) Meenakshi Lekhi. Giving her a fight is Brijesh Goyal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Ajay Maken of the Congress.
This Lok Sabha seat is the most high-profile as it is home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the residences of the President and the Prime Minister of India and all the top civil, judicial, military and diplomatic enclaves.
The constituency came to existence in 1951. The Lok Sabha constituency of New Delhi is divided into ten Vidhan Sabha segments. Polling was held here in the sixth phase of the 2019 general elections on May 12.
Meenakshi Lekhi is the sitting MP of New Delhi. Lekhi is the national spokesperson of the BJP and a lawyer in the Supreme Court. She is also the serving chairperson of the Committee on Privileges of the Lok Sabha in Parliament.
Ajay Maken is a three-time member of Delhi Legislative Assembly (from 1993-2004) and the President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee. He had been elected twice to the Lok Sabha in 2004 and 2009. Ajay Maken has been an integral part of the Congress since he joined the Grand Old Party. He was also once the youngest cabinet minister from the party.
Brijesh Goyal of the AAP is a well-known name from the trader’s community of Delhi. He is the national convenor of the Chamber of Trade and Industry.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Meenakshi Lekhi defeated Ashish Khetan of the AAP by a margin of 1,62,708 or 16.8 per cent votes. The constituency had a voter turnout of 65.1 per cent.
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Last Updated May 23, 2019, 8:52 AM IST