Sunday was a day when many wards across Delhi witnessed bypolls. Overall elections were held in 13 wards for councilors as these wards were empty after the Assembly and Parliamentary elections with many councilors becoming representatives.
Ballimaran too had an election with the locality witnessing unprecedented security with police on foot and motorcycles.
Armed police officers were seen outside several schools that served as polling booths to make sure that voting could be held peacefully. The voting that started in the morning gained momentum post 2 pm in the wards once known for their Congress strongholds.
However, in the Assembly elections residents shifted their loyalties to AAP after Shoaib Iqbal was defeated by Imran Hussain, who is the AAP MLA.
Over 2,500 personnel were deputed to ensure security for the bypolls, said the State Election Commission. Though Congress, BJP and AAP have claimed win in the bypolls the result would be watched by all. With AAP debuting in the civic agencies a win would only mean that the party’s popularity has not gone down.
For the Congress that had failed to open its account in the last Assembly elections it is fight for survival. The BJP that has ruled the civic agencies for years is up against incumbency.