New Delhi: The East Delhi constituency is witnessing one of the most intense triangular fights in Delhi. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir who is contesting against the Aam Aadmi Party’s Atishi Marlena and Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress.

The Lok Sabha constituency of East Delhi went for polls on May 12 in the sixth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the BJP recently and also became part of several controversies during the polls. The opposition party AAP alleged that Gambhir has two voter id and even blamed him for circulating obscene messages against Atishi. He rejected all the allegations and did extensive campaigning in east Delhi.

Atishi Marlena has served as an advisor to Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, from 2015 to 2018. She is known to play a role in the development of government schools in Delhi.

Arvinder Singh Lovely is an experienced player in Delhi’s political cycle. He was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1998 as the youngest MLA. He was also a member of the 2003, 2008, 2013 Legislative Assemblies. Lovely has also served as the president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (Delhi PCC).

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Maheish Girri of the BJP defeated Rajmohan Gandhi of the AAP by a margin of 1,90,463 or 13.9 per cent votes. The constituency witnessed a voter turnout of 67.8 per cent.

It is a rural constituency with an approximate literacy rate of 88%. In 2014, there were 18,29,578 voters of which 10,23,325 were male, and 8,06,102 were female and 151 voters were of the third gender. East Delhi has an estimated scheduled caste population of 15.45% and a scheduled tribe population of 0%.